- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - At least three Iowa counties have hired engineers to oversee the installation of a proposed underground oil pipeline, pending its approval.

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/1aLHl4F ) that Webster County on Tuesday approved the hire of an engineer to survey the pipeline’s construction if approved by the Iowa Board of Utilities. Dakota Access, LLC, a unit of Energy Transfer Partners, applied in January for the structure that would cut through 18 Iowa counties.

Calhoun and Sac counties have also secured engineering services.

Webster County officials say the engineer is responsible for drainage districts. They say future agreements will likely cover the 24 roads the pipeline would cross.

The proposed pipeline would carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota across South Dakota and Iowa to Patoka, Illinois.

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Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net

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