Rally against IUB order on pipeline

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For immediate release: 06/03/16

Contact: Ed Fallon, Director, Bold Iowa. ed@boldiowa.org, 515.238.6404

Adam Mason, State Policy Director, Iowa CCI. adam@iowacci.org, 515.282.0484

Bold Iowa, Iowa CCI and Bakken Coalition to Rally Monday

Broken Heartland Rally at Capitol grounds to protest potential IUB order allowing start of construction on Bakken Pipeline

Des Moines, IA – With the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) poised to allow construction of the Bakken Pipeline, Bold Iowa, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, and the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition are set to rally on Monday, June 6th from 2:00-2:30 PM at the far west side of the west Capitol Terrace, on the large granite county map of Iowa.

The groups will demand the IUB not reverse its March 10, 2016 order requiring Dakota Access to secure all necessary permits and authorizations for the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline, set to cross 18 Iowa counties and all of Iowa’s major waterways.

Since that ruling, Dakota Access has still not received the needed Army Corps of Engineers authorizations. On May 25, the US Fish & Wildlife Service revoked an Iowa DNR-issued Sovereign Lands permit after discovering a historic and culturally significant Native America site in the pipeline’s path in Lyon County.

Iowans remain concerned about the project’s impact on soil, water, land rights, and economic interests.

Bold Iowa, Iowa CCI, and their friends at the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition will continue building a Summer of Resistance against the Bakken Pipeline. At the granite map of Iowa on the State Capitol grounds, seven Iowans will speak out about their ecosystems and communities that the pipeline imperils, against the backdrop of a huge patchwork heart in this “Broken Heartland” action.

Who:    Bold Iowa, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) and Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition

What:  A rally and political theater targeting the Iowa Utilities Board against the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline.

Where: Westside Capitol Terrace Granite Map at the Iowa Statehouse (Des Moines, IA, 51319)

When:  Monday June 6th @ 2 PM

Why:    To stop the Bakken Pipeline!

Bold Iowa & Iowa CCI are part of a growing number of organizations, landowners, and everyday citizens across the state committed to stopping the proposed Bakken Pipeline alongside the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition. Visit www.nobakken.com.

Bold Iowa is part of the national Bold Alliance, now in five states and building allies to fight fossil-fuel infrastructure expansion projects and promote renewable energy. Visit www.boldnebraska.org/tag/bold-alliance.

Iowa CCI is a statewide, grassroots people’s action group that uses community organizing to win public policy that puts communities before corporations and people before profits, politics, and polluters. CCI has been fighting to put people first for 40 years. Visit www.iowacci.org.