Target: Elizabeth S. Jacobs, Chair of Iowa Utilities Board
Goal: Reject the proposal for an invasive and potentially destructive crude oil pipeline
A proposed invasive oil pipeline is set to cross through 17 counties of Iowa to transfer crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline will destroy the land for construction and risk contaminating homes, farms, and precious freshwater sources. Although the pipeline has not been approved, now is the time to take action against its construction and the nonrenewable energy source it will carry.
Known as the Dakota Access Pipeline, this project is proposed by a Texas company called Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). Once the crude oil reaches Illinois, it will then be shipped to the Texas coast for export. The people of Iowa will not see many benefits from this five-million-dollar project. The pipeline will provide temporary jobs during construction but not much else once it is functional.
The line will extend 1,100 miles and seeks to pump 320,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Iowa is rich in farmland. Burying a 30-inch crude oil pipeline 48 inches underneath agricultural land could completely destroy fertile soil and freshwater. Iowa has experienced about 100 pipeline spills resulting in 20 million dollars in property damage. The Dakota Access Pipeline will only benefit the booming and destructive oil and gas industry. By signing this petition, you are urging the chair of the Iowa Utilities Board to deny the proposal for this crude oil pipeline in Iowa.
Dear Ms. Jacobs,
The Dakota Access Pipeline is not good for Iowa. The pipeline will destroy the land for construction and leave farmland, homes, and water sources vulnerable to pipeline oil leaks. Energy Transfer Partners cannot guarantee a leak will not create long-lasting damage. Iowa has spent 20 million dollars remediating pipeline leaks. A five-million-dollar pipeline will simply create a financial and environmental burden on Iowa’s land. This pipeline is not in the best interest of Iowans.
Iowa does not need to support more nonrenewable energy. The crude oil being transported will not even be utilized in Iowa. With this state already exceeding the nation’s average in wind energy, Iowa should remain a renewable energy leader instead of supporting the devastating exportation of oil. Please take action to protect Iowa’s land and water by denying the request for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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