Letter to the Editor

Saving the sovereign lands

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

You are most likely aware of plans for a new pipeline to transport crude oil from the northwest to the southeast corners of the state. Included are plans to cross four areas in Iowa that have been identified as sovereign lands - the Big Sioux River in Lyon County, the Nelson Tract of the Big Sioux River Complex Wildlife Management Area in Lyon County, the Des Moines River in Boone County and the Mississippi River in Lee County. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) must issue a permit for the pipeline to slice through those areas.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold a hearing on the Sovereign Lands affected by the pipeline on December 16 , 5-7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Wallace State Office Building, 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa.

The DNR will be hearing concerns from the citizens of Iowa about the impact of the pipeline on Iowa's natural heritage in these four areas. Tell the DNR that you expect archaeological studies as well as identification of the native plants and animals living in the construction areas to be performed before a permit is granted.

If you will be unable to attend, please send a note to the DNR asking that the sovereign lands permit be denied.