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Pipeline company files suits to gain access from ND landowners

Easements are meant to give energy companies and others access to private land in exchange for compensating the landowner. The suits filed by Dakota Access LLC pipeline name 140 defendants, including individuals, banks and a coal mine.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the company has been working on voluntary easements, but those named in legal action are likely holding out for better terms.

Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten, whose firm represents about one-third of the holdouts, says reclamation is the main issue for landowners. He expects his cases to be resolved without going to trial.

The 1,200-mile pipeline would also go through South Dakota and Iowa.

In related news, South Dakota approves Dakota Access Bakken pipeline.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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