After a week of meetings, the Iowa Utilities Board has yet to make a decision on the Bakken Pipeline.
The board held its final scheduled meeting Thursday, and there are no clues about the decision.
During these meetings, board members have been revealing all they’ve learned over the past several months, through sworn testimony and hearings.
Some still think the decision has already been made, but even now board members are getting more information from people on both sides of the issue, and that is making the decision even more difficult.
“It’s a struggle,” said Geri Huser, a member of the three person board. “I don’t like that part of this process.”
Board members say, regardless of their decision, these companies will want to transport crude oil. Many people we’ve talked to one both sides will agree. The board is being very deliberate throughout this whole process.
Its spokesman says he believes they’re taking the right steps to get closer to a decision.
“It sounds like the board is trying to really narrow down the issues that they need to address and they’re asking staff to help them do that,” said Don Tormey, the spokesman for the board.
Before the next meeting on Feb. 19, the board’s legal team has been asked to put together a pros and cons list from this week’s sessions to help make their thinking a little clearer. A decision could be made at that meeting, but again, there’s no timeline for when they must make a decision.