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Lawsuit filed over eminent domain for oil pipeline

By Staff | Apr 19, 2016

DES MOINES (AP) – A lawsuit has been filed against the Iowa Utilities board for authorizing use of eminent domain to access land for the Bakken oil pipeline.

the lawsuit was filed April 8 in Polk County on behalf of the Northwest Iowa Landowners Association and individual landowners.

The proposed 1,130-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, planned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, would pass through North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa on its way to Illinois.

The suit says Dakota Access does not qualify as a utility and should not have the ability to use eminent domain to build a pipeline.

A spokesman for the board didn’t immediately return messages left Tuesday by The Associated Press.

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