The US Senate has passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline which will be sent to the White House for approval.
Oil firm TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline would be a 1,200 mile extension to an existing pipe network that transports oil from Canada to the US.
The White House has previously said President Barack Obama would veto any bill trying to push through the oil project.
The ‘Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act’ received a 62 to 36 yes vote in favour of building the pipeline. The majority yes votes were by 53 Republicans.
The five-year ongoing battle to approve the pipeline has been seen as a division over the country’s energy and environmental policy.