Iowa Utilities Board Could OK Bakken Pipeline Next Week

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DES MOINES, Iowa — it could be another week before  the Iowa Utilities Board makes its decision on whether or not to allow the Bakken oil pipeline to be built across the state.

The $3.7 billion pipeline would carry oil 346 miles through four states including Iowa, which is the only state that hasn’t given the OK.

The three-member board held four meetings this week to discuss the matter. Issues ranged from climate change to oil spill cleanups.

But the main issue remains: If the board will allow the use of eminent domain to let the developer dig into private land. Pipeline supporters argue the pipeline is the safest way to transport oil and it will create jobs for Iowans.

Board members will meet next Friday and could make a decision then.