DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa could soon be the site of a major pipeline project that would allow crude oil to be transported across the country.
Energy Transfer Partners L.P., a Texas based company wants to build a pipeline connecting its gulf coast oil terminal to oil fields in North Dakota. The pipeline would cut diagonally through Iowa raising concerns from community activists.
"Pipelines are going to crack. It's not a matter of if, but when. I’m concerned that when it cracks, it's going to get into the drinking water of my family and friends,” said Patrick Stall, an activist for Iowa Citizens for Community Involvement.
If the project is approved by the Iowa Utilities Board and permitted by the Iowa DNR, the pipeline would run through 17 Iowa counties including Boone, Polk, Story, and Jasper. It would allow for crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakkan oil fields to be transported to existing pipelines in Illinois, before eventually making its way to the gulf coast.
Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for Energy Transfer Partners L.P. says the project would create 8,000 construction jobs between Iowa, South Dakota, Illinois, and North Dakota. She adds counties affected by the project would also receive tax revenue.
Soon, land owners along the proposed path of the pipeline will receive notification explaining the project and asking the right of way to their land.
Before committing to anything, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller encourages people to seek legal advice.
"Farmers shouldn't rush to enter any type of agreement with the pipeline owners. They should get more information, go to the meetings that will be in the counties, find out what other farmers are doing, and contact our office. Most of all, a farmer should have a lawyer advise them,” said Miller.
Granado says Energy Transfer Partners L.P. will host community meetings in the 17 counties by late summer or early fall.
If approved, the project will be completed by the end of 2016.
The company has provided Channel 13 with a complete map of its proposed pipeline. You can see its path from North Dakota to Texas below.