Pipeline Protest Planned at Farmland Condemnation Hearing

July 21, 2016 09:58 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Opponents of a crude oil pipeline under construction in Iowa continue to fight the project and plan to protest next week after a land condemnation hearing for a central Iowa landowner being forced to allow a Texas oil company to cross his farm.

Polk County officials are expected to condemn property Monday on Dan Higginbottom's farm under eminent domain laws the Iowa Utilities Board authorized Dakota Access to use for its $3.8 billion pipeline cutting across Iowa diagonally.

Higgenbottom argues the Iowa Utilities Board lacks legal authority to use eminent domain for a private pipeline. Historically, such authority was given to public utilities. The board is defending five lawsuits challenging its decision.

Organizations including Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Bold Iowa promise to risk arrest in civil disobedience demonstrations.

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