The Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club's members are approximately 5,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.
The Iowa Chapter will take action so all Iowans can enjoy clean air, clean water, clean and renewable energy, expansion and protection of natural areas and wildlife and a government that represents people not polluters.
Pipeline Proposed to Cross Iowa - IUB hearing to begin November 12, 2015 with Public Comments
Iowans are fired up in opposition to the prospect of a crude oil pipeline crossing our state from one corner to another. See the Sierra Club Iowa Chapter’s webpage dedicated to this proposal and check back often for updates. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), also doing business as Dakota Access, announced plans for a proposed oil pipeline that will run diagonally across Iowa, through 18 counties. It will carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois where it will link with another pipeline that will transport the oil to terminals along the Gulf of Mexico.
The Iowa Utilities Board is currently accepting letters in oppostion of the pipeline; all letters must be received by Nov. 7, 2015.
Currently the Iowa Utilities Board has indicated that the hearing will be scheduled to be begin on November 12, 2015. The hearing will kick-off with a public comment day on November 12, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Community Building at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Boone. There will be two microphones set up, one for commenters opposing the the pipeline and one for those supporting the pipeline. We encourage you to come to this public hearing and make your feelings known about the pipeline.
The Iowa Chapter has named 9 witnesses who will be providing testimony at the formal IUB hearing, which begins on November 16.
Annual Meeting Summary
See a summary of this year's Iowa Chapter Annual Meeting held in October in Johnston.
2015 Legislative Session Wraps Up
Legislators finished their session business and closed on June 5. See the environmental issues addressed by the Iowa legislature during the 2015 session. Check our 2015 Legislature webpage for information and articles about environmental bills that were debated and the Chapter's priorities for the legislative session.
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