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Iowa’s Bakken pipeline protestors shift energy to Army Corp regulators

Members of an Iowa-based activist group fighting the development of the Bakken crude oil pipeline are shifting their focus from lobbying the Iowa Utilities Board to the Rock Island District Army Corps of Engineers.

Nearly 600 members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement sent letters to the Army Corp last week asking regulators not to permit the pipeline to cross major U.S. waterways. The Army Corp is in charge of granting contract permits under federal clean water laws.

Iowa CCI, which also delivered 1,000 letters against the pipeline’s development to the IUB’s headquarters prior to an anti-Bakken pipeline rally last, argues that the nationwide permitting process is “insufficient” when it coming to protecting Iowa waterways.

“If IUB won’t stand up for Iowans, it’s time for Rock Island Army Corps of Engineers to do their job and protect our waterways from this risky proposal,” said Nathan Malachowski, community organizer with Iowa CCI.

Energy Transfer Partners — the parent company to Dakota Access, LLC which is developing the Bakken oil pipeline — has been seeking use of eminent domain IUB since the project was announced last year.

The proposed 1,134 mile pipeline would stretch from North Dakota to a hub in Patoka, Ill. and gulf coast refineries and carry 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day through the state.

The Dakota Access project would cross nearly all of the state’s major watersheds and its route goes underneath major Iowa rivers including the Missouri and Mississippi.

The IUB has scheduled a final public hearing Nov. 12-16 to decide if state regulators will allow Dakota Access the ability to use eminent domain to excavate on properties where landowners have not granted the company voluntary easements. The evidently hearing begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Boone County Fairgrounds Community Building. The first day will be reserved for public comments and preliminary matters.

“To best protect Iowans, Army Corps should assess the full impact of the pipeline from start to finish under their Individual permitting process,” Iowa CCI member Pat Bowen. “Iowans deserve the toughest protections from this disaster in the making, which ultimately means that both Army Corps and the Iowa Utilities Board should say no to the proposed Bakken Pipeline.”

In related news, Eminent domain sought for one-third of Iowa land on Bakken pipeline.

This article was from Newton Daily News, Iowa and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.