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Vermont Sen. and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. (Image: Michael Vadon via Flickr)

Sanders speaks against Bakken pipeline through Iowa

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential hopeful, has criticized the proposed Bakken crude oil pipeline, which is set to go before the Iowa Utilities Board beginning later this week.

“I’m opposed to the construction of the Bakken ‘crude oil’ pipeline because as a nation, our job is to break our addiction to fossil fuels, and not increase our dependence on oil, coal, and other carbon pollution sources,” Sanders said in a statement released Tuesday.

Sanders also advocated against the Keystone XL pipeline, which has gained more national attention. Sanders and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are the only presidential candidates who’ve spoken against the Bakken pipeline, which is being sponsored by the Dallas-based Dakota Access.

The 1,100-mile pipeline would cut diagonally through Iowa and carry up to 570,000 barrels a day from North Dakota to a terminal in Illinois.

The proposal has generated backlash from a cross section of Iowans, including farmers, environmentalists and property rights advocates, who oppose using eminent domain for the pipeline. Others support the effort, saying it would be a financial boon for the state.

After the hearing in Boone, a ruling from the Iowa Utilities Board is expected in December or early January.

In related news, Keep it in the ground: Bernie Sanders wants to ban new fossil fuel development.

This article was written by B.A. Morelli from The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.