A bill that would resume a state review of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline has won final approval from Nebraska lawmakers.
Lawmakers voted 44-5 Wednesday to forward the measure to Governor Dave Heineman, who has said he supports the project to pipe oil through Nebraska from western Canada and North Dakota.
The measure authorizes the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to review possible routes through the state and hold at least one public hearing on its evaluation. The department’s findings would be included in a federal review. A U.S. State Department permit for the proposed transnational pipeline was denied in January.