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Fighting pipeline

August 7, 2015
Farm News

To the editor,

Since the pipeline project was announced and I received notice that my land was in its path, I have become more aware of the problems in the oil and gas industry.

The Yellowstone River and Santa Barbara beach pipeline leaks are two recent examples of industry problems. How would you like crude oil spills like those in the Missouri, Raccoon, Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers?

Looking more into the pipeline industry, I found welding inspection fraud at an Indiana natural gas pumping station. The offending inspector only received 40 hours of community service for phoney inspections. This was the kind of thing that can kill people. Do you want to live, work, or farm, near a pipeline built by a company that doesn't care about landowners?

I don't, and this is not a done deal. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is committed to legally intervening in the approval process for hazardous infrastructure project and will be organizing meetings for everyday community members to get involved with this fight against the polluting pipeline.

Joe Reutter




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