Walking 400 Miles to Protest a Proposed Pipeline

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Since March 2nd former Iowa State Representative Ed Fallon has been walking almost every day. Along the way he's stopped to talk with farmers who's land may be affected by the proposed Dakota Access pipeline. He's also been documenting his journey online.

"As a lawmaker I worked very hard on eminant domain and trying to make sure that property owners were protected from development that they didn't want, that wasn't for the public interest. And when I saw this pipeline being propsed I realized that combination of activities and my background could be helpful," Fallon tells ABC9 News.

By April 22nd Fallon will have walked 400 miles following the path of the pipeline through Iowa. Along the way he's met family farmers like Ginny Anderson in Cherokee County who worry what this pipeline could do to their fields.

"The oil is not refined that's in it. It's very volatile. And if we have a leak, and pipelines leak, sometime they leak, it will be devastating to this area," Anderson says.

A representative from Dakota Access says they've heard farmers concerns and are doing everything they can to make sure the pipeline will be safe.

"We've been doing civil surverys, we've been doing environmental surveys, archeological surveys, there's a lot of data that we need to acquire that will enable us to acheive this goal," says Vicki Granado.

But Fallon says many landowners he's met don't know much about the project, or feel they've been deceived by the company in some way.

"Even some people who've already settled with the company, aren't happy about it. They feel like they were forced, pushed, like they had no option. They felt like it was a done deal. It's not a done deal, there's plenty of things that can happen on this and there's plenty of reasons it shouldn't be a done deal."

Anderson's son-in-law also refused to settle with the company on his farm land, and hopes officials will help those against the project.

"We're simply against the pipeline in general and we hope that the utilities board votes down the project so that we don't even have to deal with it any further," Bill Luetkeman adds.


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