Iowans to lead Central Iowa Day of Action to stop Bakken Pipeline

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

Iowans will gather on Saturday, June 25, along the Des Moines River to demand that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deny Dakota Access’ permit to construct the Bakken crude-oil pipeline.

Members of the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition have planned a family-friendly “Protect Our Rivers! No Bakken Pipeline Day of Action” in central Iowa. The group will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. at Norton’s Ford Access, northeast of Pilot Mound, before launching the canoe and kayak flotilla at noon.

The flotilla will last approximately two hours and will travel from Norton’s Ford Access to the North Fraser Ramp just north of Fraser, passing along the section of the Des Moines River the Bakken pipeline is proposed to cross. Following the flotilla, the group will host a community gathering at Pilot Mound Community Center featuring food, music and fellowship. Press and community members are welcome for all or part of the day. The group will have extra canoes rented for those without.

Mark Edwards, Boone County resident and Bakken pipeline fighter, describes the event’s importance: “We have a duty, a right to protect the public trust we share in common — the climate, the air, the land, this river. People have been living here for thousands of years without the threat of losing their water. One spill for one hour could leave one million gallons of oil dumping into this river. Are we willing to risk this and are we willing to allow it?”

As part of their Summer of Resistance, the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition hosted a previous day of action May 28 along the South Skunk River near Oskaloosa, a June 6 Broken Heartland Rally at the Capitol grounds in Des Moines and has planned a June 21 press conference on the farmland of Dick and Judy Lamb in Boone County.

Those planning to participate are asked to register in advance to best plan canoe and food needs.