ANKENY, Iowa -- On December 1, officials started holding public meetings on the proposed pipeline that would carry 320,000 barrels of crude oil across the state daily. Nearly 350 miles of this pipeline would run through 18 of Iowa's counties.
More than 40,000 miles of pipeline already run through Iowa carrying natural gas and hazardous liquids like crude oil.
The Iowa DNR says most of Iowa's recent pipeline spills have been relatively small and the pipeline companies have done a good job taking care of the problem.
In the past ten years, the Federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has received nearly 200 reports of spills in Iowa, three of which came from crude oil. However only one major crude oil pipeline runs through Iowa. And it's that possibility that has some Iowans debating on what could come from this proposed pipeline.
But everyone including the Iowa Utilities Board agrees on one thing: this pipeline is a big deal. "I can tell you we haven't had a project of this size in over 30 years," said Don Tormey with the Iowa Utilities Board.
A public meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lakeside Center in Ankeny.