Iowa Utilities Board Could Make Bakken Pipeline Decision Thursday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — We could learn the fate of a multi-state oil project soon.

Thursday, the Iowa Utilities Board holds its fourth and final hearing of the week on the Bakken pipeline proposal.

The $3.7 billion project would connect North Dakota oil fields to an oil pipeline in Illinois. Members are considering allowing the developer to use private land that belongs to owners who don’t want them digging on their property.

North Dakota, South Dakota, and Illinois officials have already approved it.

A decision could come at the end of Thursday but the board isn’t promising that.

Officials say the whole project could be lost without Iowa’s approval.