Officials from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP) were in Iowa last week, making donations to the emergency responders in the counties that the pipeline goes through.

Gathering at the Cambridge Fire Station last Thursday afternoon, four DAP officials, representating all stages of the pipeline’s development, were on hand to help with the presentation of checks — for $20,000 each — to Story, Boone, Polk, Calhoun, Webster and Jasper counties emergency representatives.

Donations of $360,000 were made in total to 18 Iowa counties that the pipeline crosses through to help with safety measures at what officials called “the ground level” — first responders, fire agencies, emergency management.

“We take our responsibilities in the communities very seriously,” said Chuck Frey, vice president of liquids engineering for Energy Transfer and vice president of engineering and construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. “We want to be a good neighbor, want to be a good business partner and most of all, a valued member of the communities where we operate.”