Federal Officials Investigate Iowa Fires Along Bakken Pipeline Route

Federal officials are investigating several fires seen Saturday night along the Bakken Pipeline construction site in Jasper County, Iowa.

Suspected to be arson, fires engulfed construction equipment, including a backhoe and two bulldozers.

Although the scene is still under investigation, fire chiefs suspect that pipeline protestors started the fires.

The fire follows another that occurred in August, where protestors set construction equipment on fire in Jasper County, causing $1 million worth in damages.

According to officials, no one was injured in the fires found Saturday. The investigation is ongoing.

KCCI Des Moines

Iowa Construction Delay of Dakota Access Pipeline Denied

iowa construction delay of dakota access pipeline denied

The Iowa Utilities Board last Thursday declined workers’ request that the Dakota Access pipeline not be constructed on parcels of 14 landowners.

Landowners had filed a suit that challenged the board’s authority to allow eminent domain for a privately owned pipeline project, to which the board predicted the landowners would have little success in their court case.

The landowners plan to appeal the board’s decision and hope to delay construction until a court can hear them.

Construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the North and South Dakota borders continues to be at a standstill until September 9 when a federal court judge said he would rule on a request made by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop construction near their reservation.