Learn more about the Bakken Pipeline

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—by Marlys Barker, Nevada Journal Editor

An informational hearing, put on by the Iowa Utilities Board about the Bakken Pipeline, which would go through Iowa and through Story County, is being held at Gates Hall in Nevada on Dec. 15, starting at 1 p.m. This is a chance for residents to make comments or state concerns about the project.

The Iowa Utilities Board is also hosting a public presentation at the Community Building at the Boone County Fairgrounds, 1601 Industrial Park Rd., Boone, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.

A Bakken Pipeline Resistance Community Meeting is being held in Ames on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Ames City Hall Council Chambers.

The proposed project, which will go through Polk and Story counties, along with other Iowa counties, requires the approval of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB).

The project was proposed by Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, Texas. It includes the building of a 30-inch-diameter pipeline, which would initially carry 320,000 barrels of crude oil daily — with a capability for 420,000 barrels. The oil would be transported from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to Patoka, Ill., about 75 miles east of St. Louis, Mo., while passing through South Dakota and Iowa.

Energy Transfer Partners claims the project is one that “not only supports the continued growth and production on the Bakken area, but does so in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner by reducing the current utilization of rail and truck transportation as the predominant alternative to moving Bakken crude oil volumes to major U.S. markets.”

But the following groups are organizing meetings to discuss what they feel are the risks of the Pipeline project to Iowa: 1000 Friends of Iowa, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Ames), Food & Water Watch, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, ISU ActivUs, ISU Sustainable Agriculture Student Association and the Women, Food & Ag Network.

“The proposed project poses public and environmental health risks to Iowans. Construction of the proposed pipeline endorses the environmental destruction at the Bakken shale extraction sites, which impact the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota,” said a release generated by the opposition groups.

(The Story City Herald had previous articles about the Bakken Pipeline published in the October 8 and November 19 issues.)