On Tuesday, January 20, Dakota Access, LLC, filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for permission to condemn Iowa land to build the Bakken oil pipeline – a pipeline that would stretch 343 miles across Iowa’s land and rivers to carry up to 570,000 barrels of oil per day. Instead of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, as we must for climate reasons, this project would increase global dependence on fossil fuels.
Now is the time to tell the Iowa Utilities Board that the project will not “promote the public convenience and necessity” and that Dakota Access, LLC, should not be given the right of eminent domain. We do not want to risk a billion-dollar oil spill here in Iowa, like the Mayflower, Arkansas oil spill, the Yellowstone River oil spill in Montana, or the Kalamazoo River oil spill in Michigan. We want to build our own clean energy future.
To comment, or for more information about the process, visit this web page:
In addition, the Iowa Utilities Board will accept comments by U.S. mail at this address:
Iowa Utilities Board, Executive Secretary
Docket No. HLP-2014-0001
1375 E. Court Ave., Room 69
Des Moines, IA 50319-0069
To get more involved, you can also like the Facebook page of Bakken pipeline opponents: https://www.facebook.com/nobakken
In addition to contacting the Iowa Utilities Board, please contact your state legislators and Governor Branstad to let them know you oppose the Bakken oil pipeline and urge them to stop the project. Bills to increase protections for Iowa’s environment and land owners are under consideration. You can find legislative email addresses at www.legis.iowa.gov and call Governor Branstad’s office at 515-281-5211.
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