DES MOINES – According to the company that put the Dakota Access pipeline through Iowa, the pipeline project is 100 percent in the ground.
Energy Transfers told Local 5 on Tuesday that the “final right-of-way cleanup is now complete in all four states.” The pipeline goes from North Dakota to Illinois, passing straight through more than a dozen Iowa counties. Certain post-construction activities are ongoing, according to the company, and that includes reseeding and location-specific repairs.
There is still an ongoing legal battle between Energy Transfers and several landowners and the Sierra Club about how the pipeline got into the ground; eminent domain was used and approved by the Iowa Utilities Board more than a year ago. Protests have taken place ever since.