DES MOINES - Bakken Pipeline construction has halted here in Iowa. Fifteen Iowa landowners filed an emergency ruling with the Iowa Utilities Board this week over the state's use of eminent domain. The IUB says construction must cease in those areas until they make a decision.
The IUB will meet Thursday morning to discuss this issue. But landowners are not the only ones fighting the pipeline. There has been controversy all along the route, which starts in North Dakota, goes through South Dakota, cuts diagonally through Iowa, and then ends in Illinois.
Protesters went as far as Washington, D.C. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota made their voices heard on the national stage Wednesday. They met with a federal judge about whether or not Dakota Access should be allowed to put the pipeline underneath that reservation.
The Associated Press says the judge will consider their request to temporarily stop construction of the pipeline, but a ruling will not happen until September 9th.