March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

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Iowa Panel Says Construction Can Begin on Oil Pipeline

DES MOINES (AP) — State utility regulators have deemed that construction can begin on the Bakken oil pipeline in Iowa as soon as federal permits are obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two other plans are filed. The Iowa Utilities Board voted unanimously this past week to issue the order, which declares that Dakota Access LLC has substantially complied with conditions established last month when the state panel approved the pipeline project, the Des Moines Register reported.  Ward Lentz, regulatory bureau chief for the Rock Island District of the Corps, says construction of the underground pipeline likely won’t begin in Iowa until at least June. Dakota Access, a unit of Ene

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