Northwest Iowa — The group called the Private Property Rights Coalition (PPRC) has hosted two free informational meetings on the eminent domain process for landowners along the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will cut diagonally across Iowa, including through portions of Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien counties.
Spokesman Keith Puntenney says the group is trying to help land owners with information on a couple of key issues.
The group held a meeting in central Iowa Wednesday night, and another last (Thursday) night in Storm Lake.
Puntenney says there are believed to be around 150 or so people who have not agreed to voluntarily give an easement for the pipeline. He says they want to give the landowners as much information as they can on what will happen and their options.
Puntenney says he hopes the meetings can provide some expertise to cut through the confusion.
He says landowners have 30 days to decide what action they will take, once they’ve been served by the county sheriff that the company wants to use eminent domain for their property,
Puntenney says signing up for a voluntary easement would impact the landowners well into the future.
So far, we have heard of no meetings being scheduled in Lyon, Sioux, or O’Brien counties. If you want more information, you can call Puntenney at 515-230-1001.