DES MOINES — A state board plans to rule on a proposed crude oil pipeline in December or January, roughly a month after holding a public hearing, state documents show.

The Iowa Utilities Board this week published a timeline for ruling on the proposed $3.8 billion, 1,134-mile Dakota Access Pipeline.

According to Monday’s filing, the board has set aside more than three weeks, from Nov. 12 to Dec. 5, for a public hearing on the project.That puts the board on schedule to make a final decision “in late December of 2015 or early January of 2016,” according to the filing.

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