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Bakken Pipeline Critics Speak Out at DNR Meeting

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources held a public meeting Wednesday to hear comments about the Bakken Oil Pipeline.

The pipeline would stretch more than 300 miles through 18 counties.

The format of the DNR’s public meeting Wednesday frustrated some of those who attended. Instead of letting audience members speak publicly at the meeting, they were asked to write down their comment or record them.

“There is no way the DNR can prevent a leak from this pipeline,” Jonas Magram yelled during the meeting.

Some people in the crowd then began chanting, “Let him speak.”

Nonprofit organization Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has been known to fight against the Bakken pipeline.

“We thought this was going to be a public meeting so that we could be allowed to speak publicly about our concerns so the press could hear them … most importantly so the DNR could hear them,” Magram told Channel 13 at the end of the meeting.

“This is democracy at work. There’s a process in place so this can be accepted or reject. We need to let the process work,” said Ed Wiederstein, chairman of the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now.

The meeting was held at the Wallace State Office Building auditorium in the Iowa Capitol complex in Des Moines.

The DNR said it is reviewing an environmental permit application and expects to make a decision this winter.

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