10/27/2011 03:56 EDT | Updated 12/27/2011 05:12 EST

New Alberta premier going to Washington to lobby for Keystone XL pipeline

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she will travel to Washington within the next two weeks to push for a proposed oil pipeline that will carry oilsands crude to Texas.

In an interview with a Fort McMurray, Alta., radio station (CFVR), Redford says she wanted to go shortly after she was sworn in as premier earlier this month to lobby the U.S. government to approve the TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) Keystone XL pipeline.

But she says she was advised by the Canadian ambassador and several others who have been watching the situation not to go at that time because it would have -- quote -- "added a tension" that could have affected decisions on the pipeline.

The pipeline would carry oil from Alberta's oilsands to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas, crossing six states.

U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday that his administration has made no decision on whether to approve the pipeline.

The proposed pipeline has prompted protests in both the U.S. and Canada.