- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The new Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman is explaining her decision to participate in a vote on a major oil pipeline despite a potential conflict of interest.

In a June 8 filing, Geri Huser told parties in the case that her brother is no longer representing a farm family that has filed an objection to the pipeline proposed by Dakota Access LLC.

Huser noted that she wasn’t on the board when her brother wrote a December objection letter, which will remain part of the case file. She said any appearance of a conflict of interest has been addressed by his withdrawal from the case.

Days before Huser’s filing, a board spokesman said that Huser wasn’t planning to formally disclose the issue in the case.

The board could vote later this year.

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