Study: Oil pipeline builder starts bid to get state’s OK

The initial steps are underway to seek Iowa Utilities Board approval for an underground pipeline that would carry 320,000 barrels of North Dakota crude oil daily through 18 counties in Iowa.

Dakota Access LLC, a unit of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, filed documents with the state board last week showing plans to conduct public information meetings about the project next month in each of the 18 counties. The first meetings will be held Dec. 1 in Sioux Center and Inwood in northwest Iowa, and in Farmington and Fort Madison in southeast Iowa. The final meetings are set for Dec. 16 in Fort Dodge and Ottumwa.