New North Dakota Governor In Favor Of Pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. – New North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he supports completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The Republican took office Thursday. He said in a Facebook video that the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline is a “legally permitted project” that has been stalled by the Obama administration.
The pipeline is on hold while developer Energy Transfer Partners and the Army battle in court over permission to cross under the Missouri River. Opponents who’ve protested for months have been leaving their main camp in southern North Dakota.
Burgum said the pipeline is good for the North Dakota economy and is the safest method to move oil.
He also said he will seek reimbursement from the federal government to cover the $17 million it has cost the state to date in protest-related law enforcement costs.