Push to start pipeline construction meets firm opposition

AP News
Posted: May 12, 2016 5:17 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Opponents of a proposed oil pipeline slated to run through four Midwestern states have pressed Iowa regulators to keep a Texas-based petroleum company from starting construction before all federal permits are approved.

Dakota Access planned on beginning construction by now on the 1,150-mile pipeline that's designed to carry a half-million barrels of oil a day from the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota to Illinois.

It has told the Iowa Utilities Board it must begin laying pipe in the state by Tuesday to finish before winter.

Iowa requires Dakota Access to obtain all required permits before beginning and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hasn't issued its river crossing permits yet.