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South Dakota and Iowa Confirm Vandalism on Dakota Access Pipeline

March 22, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Authorities in a second state have confirmed an incident of vandalism against the Dakota Access pipeline.

Mahaska County Sheriff Russell Van Renterghem in Iowa says it appears someone used a torch to cut a hole in the empty pipeline at an above-ground safety valve site southeast of Des Moines. He says it appears the culprit maneuvered under a fence around the facility. The incident was discovered March 13th.

A similar incident was discovered Friday in southeastern South Dakota. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Brown says someone burned a hole in the pipe at an above-ground valve site Friday. He says the site had no fencing or other security.

No injuries were reported. Brown says no suspects were immediately identified. Local and state officials are investigating and have notified the FBI.

Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners said in court documents Monday that there have been “coordinated physical attacks” along the $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, but company officials didn’t provide further details.

State officials in North Dakota and Illinois say they aren’t immediately aware of any incidents in their states.

Energy Transfer Partners still plans to turn on the pipeline this week from the North Dakota Oil Fields to the Patoka Oil Tank Farm in northwest Marion County.

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