Protestors Again Ask IUB To Revoke Bakken Pipeline Permit

Northwest Iowa — The Iowa Utilities Board has once again been asked to revoke the permit it approved for the Dakota Access Pipeline.  That’s the pipeline that passes diagonally across Iowa, through portions of Lyon, Sioux and O’Brien Counties, and ships crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to a refinery in Illinois.  The requests came at the IUB’s meeting Thursday.

Zach Ide told the IUB that the pipeline crossed his property and the land was not properly repaired.

He referred to a case in North Dakota where the pipeline begins. Ide says the federal issue should prompt the I-U-B to stop the oil from flowing through Iowa.

Donnielle Wanatee also made the same request.

Wannatee is a member of the Meswkakie Tribe and has been a protestor throughout the process of approving the pipeline, as has Ide. The board listened to the comments but did not offer any response. The Sierra Club of Iowa and the Science and Environmental Health Network filed a motion last week requesting the Iowa Utilities Board to revoke the state approval of the pipeline project. The I-U-B is waiting on a response from Dakota Access before taking any action on the request.