Will The Texas Rich Get Richer And Iowans Get The Shaft?

Bakken Pipeline Proposed RouteThis article by Elaine Tweedy Foley was published on the Opinion page of the Daily Gate City, serving the Keokuk area since 1847.

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“I don’t have millions of dollars to print half-truths in Iowa newspapers. But to the Texas billionaires, spending millions of tax-deductible dollars is simply the cost of doing business. It’s a win-win for them. And for the Iowa property owners it’s lose-lose.”

Friday, December 18, 2015

by Elaine Tweedy Foley

I am so tired of the lies. It is time for some truth.

“We’re signing easements with landowners.”

Truth: About 25 percent of landowners have not sold out.

“Fifty percent of all labor will be sourced from union halls in states along the route.”

Truth: Experienced oil field workers are in the Dakotas’ union halls.

“D.A. [Dakota Access] is committed to benefiting Midwestern communities.”

Truth: Ask my friend in Valley City, N.D., how they have been affected. Besides, we’re not talking about communities, we’re talking about rural fields and woodlands. Ask the resistors how this lunacy is benefiting us. Ask us about the threats, the lies, to get us to sign away our rights.

“D.A. will bring our country closer to energy independence.”

Truth: D.A. has not denied that the oil will flow into huge tank ships bound for China and India.

“It takes … decades of experience to safely source, construct and operate a buried pipeline.”

Truth: At the Nov. 23 Iowa Utilities Board hearing, D.A. admitted they have never constructed or operated a buried pipeline.

“Long-Term Commitments to Iowa.”

Truth: D.A. will provide a mere $250,000 bond in Iowa to “help” with oil clean up when a pipe leaks, a clean up costing Iowa taxpayers millions more. They are Dakota Access, LLC. That means Limited Liability Corporation. When, not if, a pipe leaks it’s on us not them. So I guess the “long-term commitment” means watching us for as long as it takes to clean up after them: Energy Transfer Partners, LP, dba Bakken Pipeline, LLC, dba Dakota Access, LLC.

I don’t have millions of dollars to print half-truths in Iowa newspapers. But to the Texas billionaires, spending millions of tax-deductible dollars is simply the cost of doing business. It’s a win-win for them. And for the Iowa property owners it’s lose-lose. Kelcy Warren assumes Iowa rubes will grab his money. He expects the Iowa Utilities Board will rubber-stamp his plan to bend the intent of eminent domain – not to provide a public service to Iowa – but to increase his corporate profits.

The Iowa flag boasts, “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” But I am fearful how this struggle will play out. If the IUB betrays us, maybe our flag should read, “The Texas rich get richer and Iowans get the shaft.”

In the Monday DGC, Dakota Access bought a colored 2/3 page feel-good ad suggesting their proposed crude oil pipeline under Iowa is a good thing.

They claimed: D.A. is coming to Iowa “to deliver domestically extracted energy.”

Truth: Read that “North Dakota fracked oil” through Iowa soil to Illinois.

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You can help. Here is an Action Alert from Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering a Sovereign Lands Permit for the Bakken Pipeline, which includes the crossings of the Big Sioux, Des Moines, and Mississippi Rivers, as well as the Big Sioux Wildlife Management Area.

Tell the DNR they have to deny this permit to protect our land and water!

Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp has the authority to deny this permit to protect our state from the proposed Bakken Pipeline. The public comment period ends January 5, so tell Director Gipp and Iowa DNR to reject the permit today!

Add your voice to the one hundred Iowans who stood up for a Clean Energy Iowa on Wednesday night at DNR’s public hearing on this permit. We know the DNR has a poor record of protecting our water and they must be held accountable.

 

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