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Two Iowa Landowners Vow to Continue Fight Against Bakken Pipeline

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Arlene Bates and Dick Lamb are two landowners with a very similar story to tell.

"It's been in our family since 1907," Bates said.

"My grandfather purchased this land in the 1870's," Lamb said.

Bates owns farmland just a mile outside of Cambridge near I-35.

"Once you disturb the soil, it's gone," Bates said.

Lamb owns farmland in Boone on Highway 30.

"We're picking the most productive farmland in the world and ripping it up to put in this pipeline and we're just deadĀ against that," Lamb said.

Both are part of a lawsuit seeking to stop the pipeline.

"My biggest objection is the fact that a non-utility company -- and this has always been my fight -- can come in and take our land through eminent domain," Bates said.

"It makes me sick. It's a family heritage. We feel it's ours and for a private, out of state corporation, with no ties to Iowa, whose never done anything for Iowa, to come in and take it from us, it just doesn't seem right," Lamb said.

Both landowners have repeatedly turned down money from Dakota Access because they say this isn't about money.

"If we were smart we'd simply settle, but sometimes we feel you have to do what's right and we just don't want to see this pipeline," Lamb said.

"There are other landowners that have taken the money and everything. That's fine. They have to live with themselves doing that, but I don't have to do it," Bates said.

Both have environmental concerns about the pipeline and fear a leak.

Both are vowing to continue the fight.

"If I don't take care of what belongs to me or my family, no one else will," Bates said.