Nebraska regulators have voted in favour of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline to cross through the state.
It was a narrow victory for the pipeline — three-to-two in favour — and clears the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial project.
The $8-billion pipeline project is designed to carry oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Texas Gulf Coast.
Environmentalists and some farmers and ranchers have been fighting the planned route for years.
That’s because the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region in Nebraska of grass-covered sand dunes.