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National, state and local investigators called after pipeline equipment torched in Iowa

Uncompleted DAPL along IA Hwy 34, 1 mile east of Batavia. (Facebook photo from Mississippi Stand)
Uncompleted DAPL along IA Hwy 34, 1 mile east of Batavia.
(Facebook photo from
Mississippi Stand)

REASNOR, IOWA – Construction equipment working at the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Iowa was intentionally set ablaze, and an investigation is underway.

On October 15th, 2016 at approximately 11:38 pm, Jasper County Sheriff Office Dispatch received a 911 call. The caller indicated that they observed several pieces of construction equipment on fire near the area of Salmon St. and Hwy F 62, near the town of Reasnor, Jasper County, Iowa.

Jasper County Deputies responded to the scene and observed three bulldozers and one excavator on fire. Reasnor, Sully and Newton Fire Departments also responded to the scene.

KDSM-TV video of damage
KDSM-TV video of damage

Preliminary investigation indicates that fires were intentionally set. The equipment was operated by one of the companies contracted by the Dakota Access Pipeline project. The damage estimate was approximately $2,000,000. This is the same location that equipment was believed to be intentionally set on fire on August 1st, 2016.

The Iowa State Fire Marshall, ATF and FBI are all investigating the case.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. Any suspicious vehicles and/or persons seen in and around these areas may have information or be related to these cases.

Pipeline route
Pipeline route

“Americans burning American made equipment which is owned and operated by American companies, employing American union workers, working on a pipeline owned and operated by an American company for transporting crude oil produced in America for American consumers is a shameful act by a group of people trying to disrupt our country’s energy security and independence. We have increased security along the route and are actively pursuing the situation with law enforcement,” a statement from Dakota Access Pipeline reads.

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