May 31, 2019 / 3:09 PM / a month ago

Iowa Supreme Court says crude oil pipeline legally permitted

NEW YORK, May 31 (Reuters) - The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday said the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline was legally permitted in the state, dealing a blow to a group of landowners and environmentalists challenging the operation.

Iowa's top court also denied the review of a state utilities board decision to allow the use of eminent domain to build the pipeline on private properties, upholding a district court decision from 2017.

The pipeline, owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer LP (ET.N), began shipping oil from the Bakken shale region in North Dakota through Iowa two years ago. (Reporting by Laila Kearney Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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