DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says a crude oil pipeline running across Iowa was legally permitted to be built dashing the hopes of a group of farmer landowners who wanted the pipeline moved off their land and an environmental group that wanted it shut down.
The farmers and the environmental group Sierra Club of Iowa claim the Iowa Utilities Board illegally issued a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline which has been carrying oil since 2017.
A majority of the court concludes the use of eminent domain for an oil pipeline is not unconstitutional simply because it passes through without taking on or letting off oil. The court says the pipeline permit was lawfully issued.
The landowners claim the pipeline carrying oil from North Dakota to Illinois provides no benefit to Iowans so forced taking of land to build it is unlawful.