Iowa Utility Board Delays Decision on Bakken Pipeline Timeline

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- There was no decision made Wednesday on when the Bakken pipeline will go in the ground.

The Iowa Utilities Board met Wednesday morning to consider whether or not to give Dakota Access the go-ahead to start building.

The decision would only apply to areas where it already has approval, which means everything but the 37-mile stretch the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still considering as well as three parcels currently under litigation.

The pipeline company argues that starting now will help farmers. They say it will prevent construction from going into a second growing season.

The Iowa Utilities Board could make a decision on Dakota Access moving forward by the end of the week.