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Planned ND oil pipeline still needs OK from many landowners

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) -- A company that's planning North Dakota's largest-capacity crude oil pipeline to date says it still needs permission from about half of the landowners along the route in North Dakota.

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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A company that's planning North Dakota's largest-capacity crude oil pipeline to date says it still needs permission from about half of the landowners along the route in North Dakota.

Energy Transfer Partners spokesman Chuck Frey told North Dakota's Public Service Commission Thursday that 56 percent of the easements needed along the North Dakota route have been obtained.

Frey says the company has a goal of obtaining permission from all landowners along the route. But says the company would seek eminent domain authority to access the land if it's "forced" to do so.

The company wants to build the 1,100-mile pipeline to move 450,000 barrels of North Dakota crude daily to Illinois. The $3.8 billion pipeline also would pass through South Dakota and Iowa.

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