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Pipeline Files for Permits in Iowa and Illinois


The company that wants to build a crude oil pipeline through the middle of the country has officially requested permission to do so from regulators in Iowa and Illinois.

Credit geograph.uk.org

Dakota Access, LLC (Houston, TX) filed its request for a Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Permit with the Iowa Utilities Board on Tuesday, Jan. 20 and for aCertificate in Good Standing and Other Relief from the Illinois Commerce Commission on Monday, Dec. 22.

In both requests, the company asks for the authority to use eminent domain to secure land.  Landowners would still be compensated, even if their property is acquired through eminent domain.

The pipeline's proposed route spans from North Dakota to southern Illinois.  It would pass through Lee and Van Buren Counties in Iowa and Hancock County in Illinois.


The proposed route for Dakota Access' crude oil pipeline.
The proposed route for Dakota Access' crude oil pipeline.

Opponents, including farmers and environmental activists, have filled public meetings on the pipeline held throughout Iowa in recent weeks.

The public will be able to track the requests on the websites for each state agency.  Timelines have not been established for a final decision on the requests.

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Jason is the Southeast Iowa News Correspondent. He established Tri States Public Radio's news bureau in Keokuk in September 2003. The bureau has moved from his apartment to the Hotel Iowa before landing in its current location at the Daily Gate City newspaper at 1016 Main. Jason provides short- and long-form news coverage from southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and portions of west-central Illinois. Jason covers multiple governmental boards including the Keokuk City Council, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the Burlington School Board. Jason was born in Burlington, IA and grew up in neighboring Henderson County before graduating from Monmouth High School. He graduated from WIU in 2002 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and History. While in Macomb, he was a member of the WIU Track & Field team, serving as Captain during his senior year. Jason received his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2003. He and his wife Jamie have called Quincy home since 2007. They have two dogs (Howie and Sadie), one nephew, one neice and several god-children. During Jason’s free time, he enjoys watching sports, spending time with friends, playing fantasy football and traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife.