Iowa regulators approve Bakken pipeline permit

The last state permit needed for a pipeline that will carry a half-million barrels of crude oil daily from North Dakota to Illinois was approved Thursday by Iowa utilities regulators, who also gave the Texas-based company authority to use eminent domain for land that property owners are unwilling to voluntarily provide, according to the Associated Press.

The Iowa Utilities board voted unanimously to approve a hazardous pipeline permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, called the Bakken pipeline because it will stretch 346 miles from Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois, crossing through 18 Iowa counties and 1,300 parcels of land.

The board decided that the pipeline met the requirements of Iowa law requiring it to “promote the public convenience and necessity.”

An appeal is likely from individual landowners, farmers and a coalition of environmental and property rights groups who have voiced concerns about spills that could harm farmland, rivers, and streams.

Energy Transfer Partners had set a completion date for the pipeline late this year. The company has already begun stockpiling steel pipe in anticipation of getting the needed permits.

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