OTTUMWA — The public is invited to a community meeting Saturday afternoon to discuss the proposed Bakken Oil pipeline that would cut across Iowa, including Mahaska, Keokuk, Wapello, Jefferson and Van Buren counties.

The meeting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., Ottumwa. Community organizations and leaders are hosting a public, free informational meeting to discuss the proposed crude oil pipeline’s impacts upon the local, national and global communities.

The meeting will feature informational presentations and discussion featuring: Pam and Bill Alexander, local landowners; Wally Taylor, Iowa Sierra Club; Peter Clay, Citizens Climate Lobby (Des Moines); Angie Carter, Women, Food and Agriculture Network; and Jonas Magram and Susan Chapin, No Bakken Here (Fairfield).

Questions about eminent domain and landowners’ rights, as well as economic, ecological, and public health concerns, will be addressed.

The proposed project requires the approval of the Iowa Utilities Board. If approved by the IUB, then Energy Transfer Partners will have the option to seize land by eminent domain. The IUB is currently accepting public comments about this project.

"We have to think further into the future than just today.  Future generations our children and grand children need a clean and healthy environment,” said farmland owner Pam Alexander.

The meeting is sponsored by the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition, a growing coalition of over 25 community groups united against the proposed crude oil pipeline project.

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