The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has re-affirmed their commitment to the workers of Iowa in a 3-0 vote to allow construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline to proceed. But it didn’t take long after the hearing was initially announced for workers to begin voicing their disapproval of the challenge to continuing construction.
William Little, a union member from Pleasant Hill, said in a Letter to the Editor of the Des Moines Register, “I have spent my life building infrastructure projects for our country, which is why when the IUB approved the pipeline months ago, I was relieved to know a steady paycheck would be in my future. The decision to rehear the permit on Dakota Access is just wrong. Four states — including Iowa — have already approved this project.”
After nearly two years of approval, utility boards in all four states approved this important project and construction is continuing thanks to the hard work of thousands of union members along the route.