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Governor grateful for help on pipeline costs”

The Standing Rock Sioux opposed the pipeline out of fear it would endanger water. House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, said state leaders hope the federal government will pick up the remaining $18 million.

North Dakota officials, including the state's congressional delegation, have long pushed for federal reimbursement to cover all costs related to the protests. Multiple law enforcement agencies, including many from out of state, helped police protests that included a months-long encampment in North Dakota.

The state has arranged for a bank credit line of up to $43 million to cover policing costs, including $5 million just added this week. Maj. Burgum had a phone conversation Monday with Kelcy Warren, the CEO of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, according to the governor's schedule provided to Forum News Service. This week, the state Emergency Commission and the Legislature's Budget Section voted to accept a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to reimburse North Dakota for law enforcement support costs associated with the protests.

ETP had a longstanding offer to help cover some costs, but former Gov. Jack Dalrymple had declined. He said it was unclear whether the state could legally accept it.

In a statement, Burgum, a first-term Republican, said the lawsuit isn't a "prudent use of taxpayer dollars" but his office will "respond accordingly to any legal action that attempts to infringe on executive branch authority".



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