The Keystone XL oil pipeline has cleared a key obstacle after Nebraska regulators approved the project’s route through their state, according to CNBC.
CNBC on Monday reported that the Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 that day to approve TransCanada’s path for the roughly 1,200-mile pipeline.
The Keystone XL would bring oil from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska upon completion, where it would link with an existing pipeline system for the project.
Groups that oppose the system’s construction can appeal the panel’s decision in Nebraska state district court.
The project also may or may not remain commercially viable following three years of weak oil prices.
Monday’s vote marks something of a win for President Trump, however, after he overturned his predecessor’s decision on two controversial pipelines earlier this year.
Former President Barack Obama refused to approve the project, stating an environmental review of it was not adequate due to its route through Nebraska’s Sandhills ecosystem.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry then denied TransCanada a presidential permit for Keystone in November 2015.
Kerry charged that the pipeline would not make a major impact on the nation’s energy security, lower gas prices or meaningfully contribute to the economy.
Nebraska landowners had fought a legal battle with TransCanada over the project stretching back several years before the Obama administration’s decision.
TransCanada then withdrew its application from Nebraska’s Public Services Commission in 2015 after the State Department blocked the pipeline while under Kerry.
The company submitted a new application to the panel last February, however, after Trump issued an executive memo to advance the project.
The Keystone pipeline last week spilled more than 5,000 barrels of oil in a day before workers took it offline.
A TransCanada crew shut down the pipeline at 6 a.m. local time on Nov. 16 after discovering the leak.
The leak was found on a portion of pipeline roughly 35 miles south of a pumping station in Marshall County, South Dakota.
The Keystone project has long been controversial, with critics voicing concern about its impact on the environment.
Supporters have countered the the pipeline will reduce U.S. reliance on oil from overseas while helping boost the economy.