DES MOINES- The Iowa Utilities Board is holding Bakken pipeline deliberations Monday through Thursday.
The board is reviewing the Dakota Access' permit requesting to build the 346 mile-long pipeline that would cut across 18 counties in Iowa. The pipeline is estimated to cost about $3.8 billion
This week's meetings, held at IUB headquarters in Des Moines, are for deliberations only, not for public input. However, the meetings are open to the public to listen. At Monday's meeting, there were about 20-25 people in attendance, many who openly said they oppose the pipeline.
Monday's deliberations included pros and cons of the pipeline as outlined by the people the board heard from in Boone county, as well as Dakota Access. They covered topics on climate change, pipeline vs. rail transportation methods and economic issues, like construction job creation.
"Rather than consider each factor separately; does it positively impact public convenience and necessity or is it against it? Take them into isolation. I really think the better approach is to take them all together at the end and decide how much weight each one is entitled to in each of your deliberations," said Cecil Wright and David Lynch, General Counsel on Iowa Utilities Board.
In an earlier news release, the Iowa Utilities Board said they may not make their decision during this week's deliberations but if they did it would have to be in written form.
The meetings will continue through Thursday, beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m.
If you can't make it to the meetings, they will be live streamed through the IUB's website, https://iub.iowa.gov/crude-oil-pipeline
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