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Oil pipeline gets easements

By Staff | Jul 14, 2016

THE DAKOTA ACCESS pipeline is designed to run through 18 Iowa counties from Lyon County in the northwest to Lee County in the southeast.

FORT?DODGE – Further paving the way for a crude oil pipeline to be built, the Webster County Board of Supervisors on July 5 approved a drainage crossing easement with Dakota Access LLC.

Under terms of an agreement, which was finalized in March, the Texas-based company will pay $180,000 in drainage crossing fees as it builds a pipeline across the county.

This step grants the easement as agreed to months ago, said Drainage Clerk Doreen Pliner.

“They sent us the funds, and now they have the easement,” Pliner said.

The supervisors met by phone with the Calhoun County Board of Supervisors to officially straighten out who will be paid for work crossing joint districts.

Engineers from I+S Group will oversee the work to ensure county roads and drainage districts aren’t harmed. Dakota Access is required by law to pay for the inspections, and the engineers will be paid from those crossing fees.

An agreement protecting county roads during the construction period was signed two weeks ago.

There is no word yet on when construction will begin in Webster County.

Dakota Access is required to give county officials notice before starting.

Condemnations hearings, to use eminent domain to gain easements from unwilling landowners, are scheduled to begin next month, said Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs.

A lawsuit has been filed against the pipeline, attempting to stop the use of eminent domain. Other appeals of the decision are also pending. The Davis Brown Law Firm, which is representing landowners in that case, has vowed it will file suits to fight eminent domain in each county where necessary.

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