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Pipeline company seeks restraining order against protesters

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The company building an oil pipeline across Iowa is asking a federal judge to issue a restraining order against two protest groups and their leaders.

Dakota Access filed the action in Des Moines on Monday against Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Bold Iowa and their directors including former state lawmaker Ed Fallon, who leads Bold Iowa.

The groups are planning acts of civil disobedience along the pipeline route to protest its construction.

The company seeks a court order keeping protesters at least 25 feet away from construction easements which it says will “permit the meaningful opportunity to exercise protected First Amendment speech while ensuring the safety of all involved.”

Dakota Access says protesters have burned its equipment causing $3 million in property damage and delaying construction in two counties.

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