- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Lawyers representing a planned pipeline from the North Dakota oil patch to Illinois have filed 23 lawsuits to gain easements through six counties.

Easements are meant to give energy companies and others access to private land in exchange for compensating the landowner. The suits filed by Dakota Access LLC pipeline name 140 defendants, including individuals, banks and a coal mine.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1R3BqL1) that the company has been working on voluntary easements, but those named in legal action are likely holding out for better terms.

Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten, whose firm represents about one-third of the holdouts, says reclamation is the main issue for landowners. He expects his cases to be resolved without going to trial.

The 1,200-mile pipeline would also go through South Dakota and Iowa.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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