Iowa Utilities Board Halts Pipeline Construction on Landowner Properties

As complications arise for the construction of the Dakota Access crude oil interstate pipeline, developers have hit another obstacle as a state utilities board has ordered a temporary construction halt on 15 landowners’ properties until Monday so the board may have time to review a lawsuit.

The Iowa Utilities Board issued the order on Wednesday that requires Dakota Access LLC to provide details about the progress of construction in the state and costs the company will be subject to if it has to construct around the properties.

Property owners filed a lawsuit against the developers challenging the board’s authority to allow eminent domain for a privately owned pipeline project. The suit is still awaiting its court date.

The Dakota Access pipeline has seen weeks of controversy, including multiple lawsuits and extensive protests that have resulted in violence and arrests. The developers have agreed to halt construction until court dates for lawsuits are met.