Dakota Access Files Restraining Order Against Iowa Protestors

Iowa portion of Dakota Access pipeline ( DAPLPipelineFacts )

Iowa portion of Dakota Access pipeline (DAPLPipelineFacts)

Dakota Access has filed for more restraining orders against protestors, but this time the request is against landowner groups and their leaders in Iowa.

The developers of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed the action in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday against two protestor groups: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Bold Iowa. The groups have been allegedly planning acts of civil disobedience along the pipeline route.

Dakota Access is requesting that the groups stay at least 25 feet away from the construction site in order to allow “the meaningful opportunity to exercise protected First Amendment speech while ensuring the safety of all involved.”

Landowners in Iowa had filed a lawsuit earlier this month saying the Iowa Utilities Board did not have the authority to grant eminent domain for a privately owned pipeline project. Their suit was denied by a federal judge.