- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Pipe is being staged in four states for a proposed $3.8 billion pipeline from western North Dakota to Illinois.

The piles of pipe are being placed in anticipation of permits for the project by regulators in the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is proposing the pipeline that would move about 450,000 barrels of North Dakota crude daily. Officials say it’s the biggest-capacity pipeline proposed to date to move North Dakota crude.

Pipeline spokeswoman Vicki Granado says the company is optimistic that needed permits will be achieved in the four states. The company wants to start construction late this year or early 2016.

North Dakota Public Service Chairwoman Julie Fedorchak says a decision on the North Dakota leg of the project is still several weeks away.

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