Base pipeline support on facts

There has been a lot of conversation in recent weeks about the proposed oil pipeline coming to Iowa.

I’m a landowner in northeast Polk County and the pipeline would cross my property. I was invited to the utility board meeting presentations in Ankeny and I attended.

Despite the meeting at times being dominated by opposition groups, I had the chance to ask a question and found the meeting to be beneficial, especially the one-on-one time the company took with landowners after the event to answer questions specific to each landowner’s property.

I do support the Dakota Access pipeline proposal. The biggest reason is that oil produced in the U.S. means one less barrel we have to import. I do have something at stake: the pipeline crosses my land.