DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Utilities Board has called a meeting for Wednesday to consider allowing construction to begin on an oil pipeline in areas outside federal jurisdiction.
Houston-based Dakota Access LLC wants to begin digging the Iowa portion of a 1,150-mile pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. Construction has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois but the Iowa board has said work shouldn’t begin until all required permits are approved.
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers continues to study river crossings and impact on federal land and hasn’t issued its permits.
Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revoked a construction permit for a northwest Iowa site to allow further study of a potential Standing Rock Sioux Tribe burial site which pipeline opponents say should halt the project.