Dakota Access is a company owned by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP)-- a Texas fortune 500 company. ETP is attempting to use Dakota to build a pipeline cutting through 18 Iowa counties which include Des Moines. Protesters have gathered to dispute the $3.78 billion project due to losing their private land with eminent domain laws and to risks of water contamination. Dakota Access is fed up with these protesters. According to bakken.com, Dakota Access claims protesters have caused $3 million in property damage from burning their equipment, thus delaying the construction. Dakota is now seeking a court order for protesters to stay at least 25 feet away from construction sites. Here are some more key facts about this project: