DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Utilities Board has issued a permit to Dakota Access, the company in charge of the Bakken Pipeline, which was approved early March 2016.
However, the company still must have approved documents from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Iowa Department of Natural Resources before beginning construction.
While the Board ruled that Dakota Access may continue to clear trees and shrubs with hand-held tools, they may only do so if: Dakota Access has a voluntary easement, Dakota Access has received permission from the landowner for these activities and if Dakota Access has given the county inspector for that county and the landowner reasonable advance notice of the timing and location of these activities.
On April 8, the Board issued a hazardous liquid pipeline permit and gave Dakota Access the “right of emiment domain to the extent necessary and as prescribed and approved by the Board, as shown on the revised Exhibit H documents filed in the record of this case.”
Landowners whose property was in the revised Exhibit H documents filed April 5 may file comments on those documents within seven days of the Board’s order.
For more information on the Iowa Utilities Board order, visit their website at iub.iowa.gov.