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Iowa board votes to allow pipeline work to begin in state

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board says a Texas company may begin construction on an oil pipeline in areas for which the company has approval.

The three-member board approved an order on a 2-1 vote Monday that allows Dakota Access LLC, to begin laying pipe in areas outside U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction.

The Corps hasn’t issued permits for about 60 federal parcels including river crossings and a Native American burial site in northwest Iowa deemed culturally significant.

Construction on the 1,150-mile project by the subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners has already begun in Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Pipeline opponents are holding a protest rally Monday at the Iowa Capitol calling for a construction delay until all required permits are approved.

Related news: Construction underway in 3 states on $3.8B Dakota Access oil pipeline

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