But due to past pipelines, including Dakota Access, those who attended Friday’s meeting say they’ve been burned in the past. One resident stood during the open question forum saying: “I am sad that this is happening again.”
Environmentalist Claire Carlson isn’t sold either, seeing damages in the past still not resolved. She said after Friday’s meeting, “If they don’t follow through on their promise and actually commit to restoring the land it’s going to be destroyed for everyone for the rest of time. Even with Dakota Access, land has been damaged and they haven’t fixed it. There’s nothing that grows there! If you get online and see pictures of Dakota Access, you’ll see the scar. There is nothing that grows there.”
Other residents say they would rather just work with the company than be against them since many believe the pipeline is happening regardless of the pushback.
A final meeting will be held virtually for those who could not attend in person on January 19th at 5:30 p.m. To file, you must file electronically following this link. The Iowa’s Utilities Board presentation during the meeting can be found here.
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