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UPDATE: Iowa board denies request for stay in Dakota Access pipeline

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UPDATE: The Iowa Utilities board held a proceeding today regarding a motion for emergency stay of the Board's March 10, 2016, "Final Destination Order" that was filed with the Board on August 22, 2016, by petitioners concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline.

After hearing from the parties, the Board voted to deny the motion for stay pursuant to Board rule 7.27 which required the Board to consider and balance four factors: 

  • The petitioners’ likelihood of success on the merits of their appeal;
  • The degree to which the petitioners may suffer irreparable harm to the petitioners if the stay is denied;
  • The degree to which the other parties may suffer substantial harm if the stay is granted; and
  • The public interest

The Board voted in favor of an order allowing the temporary remedy, issued August 23, 2016, to continue to effect until 9 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2016.

The Board directed general counsel to draft an order regarding today's Board decision. the order is not final until it's filed in the Board's electronic filing system. 

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Utilities Board has declined to take immediate action on a request by 14 landowners to halt construction of a four-state oil pipeline.

There is temporary stop on construction until Monday but the board met Thursday to hear two hours of arguments from Texas-based Dakota Access and the landowners on whether to order a more permanent delay.

The landowners have filed a lawsuit that challenges the board's authority to allow eminent domain of their land for a privately owned pipeline project. That suit has not come before a court yet.

The $3.8 billion pipeline has generated legal challenges and protests in North Dakota and Iowa.

The board adjourned until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and will meet again Friday afternoon. It gave no indication when it would vote.

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