North Dakota's new governor has gone on the record saying he supports completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Doug Burgum took office Thursday and said in a Facebook video that the pipeline is a "legally permitted project" that has been stalled by the Obama administration.
Mr. 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.