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North Dakota’s Newest Big Bad Wolf

water pipeline, eminent domain, WAWS

Throughout history the practice of eminent domain has been abused in the United States.  Abused to the point where the parties taking the land were colloquially referred as the “big bad wolf.” The first big bad wolf was the railroad. The process was quite simple, the railroad is considered a project for the public good, and if you do not ...

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Judge to rule on tribe’s oil pipeline request by Sept. 9

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A ruling in the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop a four-state oil pipeline under construction near their reservation will come by Sept. 9, a federal judge said Wednesday. The tribe is challenging the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which ...

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Can a protest against oil happen without oil?

Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline continue to mount, causing work stoppages both in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation as well as in Iowa. Today, the  Iowa Utilities Board ordered a work stoppage around the property of 15 landowners to give the board time to review legal issues. Landowners argue against “forced condemnation of farmland for ...

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Pipeline planning fuels deals, disputes

Planning for a new pipeline across Pennsylvania has evolved into a statewide string of deals and disputes that runs right past the treehouse in Ron Rock’s Cumru Township front yard and the dog parks in Brecknock Township that help generate a living for Pat Emmett. Rock has made a deal. Emmett has been taken to court. In both cases, the ...

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Q & A with PennEast representatives

The $1 billion pipeline from Dallas Township to New Jersey proposed by PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC is designed to bring Marcellus Shale gas to customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. The company says the project would get rid of pipeline capacity issues in New Jersey, as well as enhance reliability and improve prices. PennEast project manager Anthony ...

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Supervisors take no action on Bakken pipeline resolution

The Story County Board of Supervisors took no action Wednesday on a resolution proposed by the League of Women Voters of Ames & Story County, urging the board to request the Iowa Utilities Board conduct a complete and independent environmental and economic impact study on the proposed Bakken Pipeline. This decision comes just two weeks after the Boone County Board ...

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Denying conflict, new Iowa regulator to decide on pipeline

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The new Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman will help decide whether to build a major oil pipeline even though her family law firm has represented a landowner trying to block it. Geri Huser doesn’t have a conflict that requires her disqualification because she wasn’t involved in the representation and her brother, attorney R. Bradley Skinner, has withdrawn, ...

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