Eminent Domain

Owning private property means you can control who goes onto your land; however some Iowa farmers found out this week that this is not always the case. In a recent court decision, an Iowa farmer was told that he must allow surveyors from Dakota Access LLC onto his land. These surveyors are planning on placing an oil pipeline through Iowa, if they are able to gain the land needed to do so either by agreeing with the farmers or by eminent domain, a rule that allows the government to take private land for public good. We will have to wait and see if the courts determine this land can be taken from the farmers in order to create the pipeline. If you have any questions about this or any other property law issue, please contact Jim at 515-987-4578.