- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Utilities Board has scheduled a meeting for Monday to discuss allowing a Texas company to begin construction on an oil pipeline in areas for which the company has approval.

The three-member board voted unanimously Wednesday to direct its attorney to draft an order allowing Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, to begin laying pipe in areas outside U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction. The Corps hasn’t issued permits for federal parcels including river crossings.

Construction on the 1,150-mile project has already begun in Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Pipeline opponents Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Bold Iowa plan to hold a protest rally at the Iowa Capitol Monday afternoon. They want the board to deny construction until all required permits are approved.

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