- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An energy company seeking to build an oil pipeline through Iowa is investigating a claim that an agent for the project offered to hire a prostitute for a landowner if he would allow access.

Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for Energy Transfer Partners, said Tuesday in a statement that the company was investigating the allegation about an agent, who she said was working for a contractor. According to KBUR radio (https://tinyurl.com/l9to3db ), Hughie Tweedy says that he has recorded proof that an agent for the Bakken Pipeline offered to get him a prostitute in exchange for land access. Tweedy did not provide copies of the recordings during a news conference Monday.

The proposed pipeline would ship 450,000 barrels daily from production sites in North Dakota to a hub in Illinois.

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Information from: KBUR-AM, https://www.kbur.com

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