Appeals Court Says NH Farmer May Sue Pipeline For Crop Damage

Steel Gas Pipeline
Steel gas pipeline Painted yellow and black cover pipeline. During the heat of the lawn area.

Des Moines, Iowa (AP) – A state appeals court says a farmer may pursue a breach of contract lawsuit against a natural gas pipeline company and seek damages for decreased crop productivity on the ground above the pipeline.

Roger Tiemessen farms land rented from his parents near New Hampton. He seeks compensation for poor crops in areas above Alliance Pipeline’s high pressure natural gas line.

He filed the lawsuit in 2013 but a judge dismissed it in 2014 saying he had no cause of action against Alliance and instead he should negotiate lower rental rates from his parents.

The Iowa Court of Appeals said Wednesday Tiemessen presented enough questions about crop damage in the area of the pipes to present to a jury.

The pipeline’s attorneys didn’t immediately respond to a message.

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