Judge re­jects landown­ers’ pipe­line law­suit

Houston Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

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.

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