Family Protesting Bakken Pipeline on Own Land Attends Condemnation Hearing

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One of the families protesting the Bakken pipeline on its land had its last fight Monday at a hearing in Polk County.

A portion of the Higginbottom family farmland near Farrar falls along the oil pipeline route.

The family attended a condemnation hearing Monday and a board will now determine the land value for the part of their property taken by Dakota access.

Even though this is the last step, Dan Higginbottom says he still believes the entire seizure of land is illegal because he doesn't believe a pipeline is considered a "public utility" under Iowa code.

"We`re also here to protest the illegal taking of farm land for this project, it`s my families position that the Iowa Utility Board did not have statutory authority to take this land or allow power to a private company to take this property," said Higginbottom.

The Higginbottom family will lose three acres of land, two temporarily and one permanently.

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