If confirmed, Native American site may delay $3.8B pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa – Discovery of a site in Iowa that may be culturally significant to Native Americans could delay construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline if government officials require the route to be moved.

Texas-based Dakota Access wants to build a 1,150-mile pipeline to carry a half-million barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois.

Construction has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois.

But final permission hasn’t been granted in Iowa because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has yet to issue federal permits. A Corps spokesman says the agency is 60 to 120 days away from issuing permits.

On Friday, Iowa State Archaeologist John Doershuk said he’s reviewing a site of possible historical significance to Native Americans. If confirmed, the discovery could require relocation of the pipeline relocation, which would cause more delays.