Sierra Club, Iowa landowners appeal oil pipeline lawsuit

By The Associated Press

The Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club and a group of landowners are appealing to the Iowa Supreme Court their lawsuits challenging the Dakota Access Pipeline.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club and a group of landowners are appealing to the Iowa Supreme Court their lawsuits challenging the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In documents filed Thursday, the Sierra Club says the Iowa Utilities Board refused to consider whether the crude oil pipeline will promote public convenience and necessity, a requirement in Iowa law.

Sierra Club attorney Wallace Taylor says the utilities board did not discuss the need for, or benefits from, the service alleged to be provided Iowans by the pipeline originating in northwest North Dakota and carrying oil underground through South Dakota, Iowa and into southern Illinois.

The landowners challenged the board's decision allowing the pipeline company to forcefully take their land under eminent domain.

A district court judge rejected the arguments in February.

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