Landown­ers’ law­suit against oil pipe­line is dis­missed

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BIS­MARCK | 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 in a rul­ing dated Tues­day sided with a sub­sidiary of Texas-based En­ergy Trans­fer Part­ners and Con­tract Land Staff, a land ac­qui­si­tion con­sult­ing busi­ness also based in that state. The two com­pa­nies dis­puted that the landown­ers had any valid claims, and Judge Hov­land also found their ar­gu­ments lack­ing.

The $3.8 bil­lion pipe­line be­gan mov­ing North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a dis­tri­bu­tion point in Illi­nois on June 1.

The 21 North Dakota landown­ers sued in Jan­uary, seek­ing more than $4 mil­lion in dam­ages for what they called “mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions, de­cep­tion or other un­fair tac­tics.”

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