Newton, Iowa — Dakota Access is stepping up security on construction sites after three suspected cases of arson connected to construction of their controversial Baaken oil pipeline caused over a million dollars in damage. The pipeline will cut across three of the four northwest Iowa counties in our coverage area: Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien.
Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty says the first call in his county came in just before six o’clock Monday morning. It led authorities to a site west of Newton.
That equipment was destroyed by the fire. At about 8:30 Monday morning, Jasper County authorities got a report that another piece of excavation equipment had been set on fire east of Reasnor.
The sheriff says the fires Monday morning in his county caused a million dollars worth of equipment damage. The fire at a work site in Mahaska County happened this weekend, near Oskaloosa. Authorities have no suspects. The Dakota Access pipeline will cut diagonally across the state, carrying North Dakota crude oil to a refinery in Illinois.