- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

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.

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Online:

Burgum’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dougfordakota/

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12:25 p.m.

A Native American tribe’s water source is one of a few critical sources that could be affected if there was a breach in the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

The four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline crosses more than 200 water bodies, including the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers, which are water sources for a half-million customers in the Des Moines, Iowa, area.

The CEO of the area’s utility says he has emergency plans to deal leaks and he will review pipeline inspection reports regularly.

It also crosses the Mississippi River, which is a water source for 4,000 people in southeast Iowa.

Pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners says the project will be constantly monitored and can shut off emergency valves remotely at any time.

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