To the editor:
The three Branstad-appointed people on the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) just approved the permit for the private Bakken Pipeline to pass through our state.
This permit gave the private Texas company the right to take unwilling landowners’ property with eminent domain.
The pipeline company is required by the IUB to have a $250,000 surety bond. With just one spill lasting one hour, roughly 1 million gallons of toxic crude could flow into our tile system (300 per mile in Story County, some as close as two feet from the pipeline), draining from there into our aquifers and rivers and poisoning our drinking water.
If you think cleaning up nitrates is expensive, wait till it’s oil. Consider the California spill: costs have reached $92 million for unfinished cleanup after a mere 2,500 gallons of crude were spilled. The Mayflower spill in Arkansas caused $57.5 million in costs due to the spill of 134,000 gallons.
The pipeline safety will be monitored electronically from Sugarland, Texas, and will have a once a week flyover. Does this make you feel safe?