The Iowa Utilities Board voted 3-0 today to grant a hazardous liquid pipeline permit to Dakota Access, LLC under Iowa Code § 479B. The Board determined that the project would “promote the public necessity and convenience” as is required by the law.
Dakota Access filed its petition seeking the permit in January of 2015. They wish to build a 346-mile crude oil pipeline (30 inches in diameter) across Iowa. The pipeline would carry oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to a refining station in Illinois. Iowa was the last impacted state to approve the pipeline.
In today’s order, the Board also vested Dakota Access with eminent domain authority over the parcels in the pipeline’s path for which voluntary easements could not be acquired. In seeking voluntary easements, Dakota Access must offer the holdout landowners the same price, terms, and conditions as they were offered before today’s order.
Before the permit will issue, Dakota Access must file, and the Board must accept the following:
The Board’s order can be read here.
A group of farmland owners whose land will be impacted by this pipeline have vowed to appeal this order. This would be the first time that landowners have sought judicial review of Dakota Access’ eminent domain application with respect to farmland.
For background reading on the Dakota Access petition, see this article: Petition Filed Seeking Permit to Build Crude Oil Pipeline Across Iowa.
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