I would like to respond to a recent letter published by ISU student Angie Carter. As a fellow ISU student, our environment and safety is a main concern for myself as well. Unlike Carter, I do support the Dakota Access Pipeline because it is actually the safest way to transport crude oil.
Carter referenced recent pipeline leaks and environmental concerns as the reason to oppose the project. I’ve heard Energy Transfer Partners’ presentation on the Dakota Access Pipeline, and I came away very impressed with the steps being taken to protect Iowa’s land. Today’s pipelines are constructed under much stricter safety guidelines, using vastly improved materials and construction methods compared to those pipelines decades old, referenced in Carter’s letter.