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Iowa pipeline protesters plan civil disobedience action

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Groups protesting an oil pipeline crossing Iowa say they plan to risk arrest to stand against a Texas company building the pipeline across the land of unwilling farmers.

Ed Fallon, state director of Bold Iowa, a group opposing the Dakota Access pipeline for environmental and property rights reasons, says as many as 100 protesters plan peaceful civil disobedience Wednesday in central Iowa.

Several landowners have sued to stop pipeline construction but the courts refused to temporarily halt work until the case can be heard in court. A court hearing is scheduled for December but Dakota Access plans to have the pipe in the ground by then.

Dakota Access on Monday sought a restraining order to keep protesters 25 feet away but a federal judge has not yet ruled on it.

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