Groups in Iowa are still vowing to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline even though the $3.8 billion project is in full operation as of last Thursday.
Appeals are still pending with the Iowa Supreme Court, which is keeping opponents of Dakota Access hopeful that they can still shut the pipeline and have it removed. The appeals involve concern about the environment, property rights, and other issues.
The Sierra Club of Iowa is also appealing to the state's high court over the Iowa Utilities Board's permit approval for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Iowan groups against the pipeline said they will not concede defeat even if winning is a long shot.
"If any of these court rulings go our way, things could change," said former state legislator Ed Fallon who heads activist group Bold Iowa.
The controversial pipeline began commercially shipping oil last Thursday and has the capacity to ship about 520,000 barrels of oil per day. No spills have been reported in Iowa, and pipeline operator Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, continues to file weekly construction reports with the Iowa Utilities Board that indicate restoration of farmland and other cleanup work.