North Dakota is awaiting a decision from federal regulators on Washington state’s new law that essentially bans accepting Bakken crude by rail.
North Dakota wants the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to block that law.
But state mineral resources director Lynn Helms is optimistic.
"That would be a great gift before the end of the year," Helms said.
Helms said PHMSA has until April 20th to make a decision.
"I don't think they'll take that long," Helms said.