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BOONE, Iowa — A Boone County judge says a local farmer must allow a crew onto his land to survey for a potential pipeline project.

A Texas company took Laverne Johnson to court earlier this month when he refused to allow surveyors onto his property. However, a judge ruled last week that he can’t keep them off.

The land is being surveyed in case the Bakken Pipeline project is approved by the Iowa Utilities Board.

The pipeline would cut across the state, connecting South Dakota with Illinois.

The company behind it would likely have to rely on eminent domain to acquire all the land needed for the project.