The Keystone XL pipeline received the support - albeit slim - by the Nebraska Public Service Commission thanks to a 3-2 vote to approve the TransCanada application.
The commission approved the "mainline alternative" route that will go through Holt County.
Crystal Rhoades was the lone commissioner to speak before the official vote and made her stand clear by citing six reasons as why she was about to vote no.
Rhoades and Mary Ridder voted against the application while Tim Schram, Frank Landis and Rod Johnston all vote in favor.
The application had three possible routes, including the “preferred” through Boyd, Holt and Antelope counties. The second routes or “mainline alternative” and takes a different path out of Antelope County to eventually follow the route of the existing Keystone pipelines.
The third route called the “Sandhills alternative,” would cross 13 counties in central Nebraska. It would go through 13 counties, including Holt, but not Antelope.