A Texas-based company has asked Iowa regulators for permission to immediately start work on most of the Bakken oil pipeline route through 18 Iowa counties—a pipeline that will eventually be on it’s way into this area. Dakota Access LLC, a unit of Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, said in a filing Thursday the work must begin this month to complete the project in one construction season. The Des Moines Register says pipeline opponents promise to fight the request. The Iowa Utilities Board has approved pipeline plans but said construction can’t begin until federal permits are approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dakota Access says it wants to begin work except in areas where preconstruction notification is required by the Corps. The pipeline would carry oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa on its way to the Patoka Tank Farm.
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