North Dakota Asks Dakota Access to Explain Cannonball Ranch Purchase

A North Dakota attorney is requesting that Energy Transfer Partners, owner of Dakota Access LLC, explain its recent purchase of the Cannonball Ranch that tribal groups claim contains ancient artifacts and burial grounds.

The Cannonball Ranch is over 6,000 acres and has been a controversial part of the Dakota Access pipeline route. For an undisclosed amount, pipeline developer Energy Transfer purchased the private land last week, gaining effective control over this disputed part of the pipeline route.

According to an anti-corporate farming law enacted in North Dakota in the 1930s, corporations are restricted from owning land that is usable for agricultural production unless that land is owned by a farm family.

Energy Transfer has 30 days to prove that its purchase of the land complies with North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming law.

Dallas News
National Agricultural Law Center

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