WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Republican North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple Saturday urged Congress to approve a measure to speed construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
In the weekly GOP media address, Dalrymple criticized the Obama administration, which rejected a key permit for the pipeline in January.
"The federal government is killing energy development with overly burdensome regulations," Dalrymple said. "The best example of this is the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama Administration will not allow to be built."
The pipeline, which would run through North Dakota, would carry oil recovered from oil sands from Alberta, Canada, to U.S. Gulf Cost refineries.
Republicans say the project would create thousands of jobs.
Dalrymple called on Congress to pass a measure authored by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., that would fast-track construction of the pipeline.
"Congress should step in and pass Senator Hoeven's measure, which would authorize the Keystone project," Dalrymple said. "It's the common sense thing to do."
The Senate Thursday defeated Hoeven's measure as an amendment to a highway bill. Republicans detailed plans to attach it to the highway bill when it comes up in the House.