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Bakken Pipeline Protesters Hold Rally at Iowa Utilities Board

DES MOINES, Iowa -- About two dozen protesters held a rally outside the Iowa Utilities Board building in Des Moines.

The group claims the IUB is failing to enforce pipeline construction stipulations, such as protecting the land owner's top soil. The group also says the board is ignoring the complaints of land owners.

It's asking IUB to create a public liaison to help handle to complaints and relay them directly to Dakota Access.

"It’s important because they have cut our crops and they could any day go through and we want to make sure that if they do this, they do it in the proper manner," says landowner Judy Lamb.

The Lamb's say the pipeline would go diagonally through one mile of their farmland just west of Ames.

"We’ve presented them with our demands for what we want them to do, we want them to save all the top soil and to not mix the clay and the top soil and to put it back in the correct order and we’re not sure they’ll do that," says Judy Lamb.

The Iowa Utilities Board says it has a process in place to take complaints and currently has four complaints officially filed through the board.

Some landowners are going a step further. The Lamb's are taking their concerns to court. They feel the IUB violated state law by allowing Dakota Access to use eminent domain to take land because the pipeline isn't considered a public utility.

"We’re hopeful because we believe they took land for a private company that does not offer any services to Iowans, it’s not a utility," says Dick Lamb.

Lamb, as well as thirteen other Iowa landowners, will have their day in court this week.

The landowners filed a lawsuit to temporarily prevent the construction of the pipeline on their property.

A judge will hear the case Friday afternoon.