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

Equipment for Bakken Pipeline Construction Set on Fire

equipment for bakken pipeline construction set on fire

Jasper County, Iowa reported Monday that construction equipment to build the recently approved Bakken Pipeline has been intentionally set on fire by unknown suspects.

Authorities reported receiving notice of criminal mischief from companies working for the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

A bulldozer and two tracked excavators were set on fire with damage estimated to be approximately $1 million.

Both the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the Newton Fire Department are in the process of investigating the case. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office have also been notified of the crime.

The Bakken Pipeline has sparked much controversy, especially after receiving the green light for construction from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. Several environmentalist groups and Native American tribes have protested the pipeline due to its pathway near rivers and through sacred reservation grounds.

The $3.78 billion pipeline will run for 1,172 miles and carry crude oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, and Iowa.