After years of protests by landowners and environmentalists, the Keystone XL pipeline has crossed its final regulatory hurdle after Nebraska regulators approved the energy project. The move has given President Trump a huge political victory in pushing forward his plans for US energy dominance.
The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to approve the construction of the route through the state.
The oil project will transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from Canada through Nebraska to oil refineries on the Gulf Coast.
The permits for the construction of the pipeline had been blocked by President Barrack Obama in 2015, citing the oil sands’ impact on climate change, however; President Trump reversed the previous administration’s decision in his first week in office.
This approval comes only days after the old Keystone pipeline suffered from a leakage of up to 210,000 Gallons in South Dakota.
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