Judge rejects landowners’ pipeline lawsuit
BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by nearly two dozen North Dakota landowners who alleged the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and a consultant used deceit and fraud to acquire private land easements for the project.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sided with a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and Contract Land Staff, a land acquisition consulting business. The two companies disputed that the landowners had any valid claims.
The plaintiffs could not be reached for comment.