In a recent poll by The Des Moines Register, a plurality of Iowans were found to support construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Register’s poll found that 47% of Iowans are in support of the Dakota Access Pipeline, while 40% are against it and 14% noted they were unsure.
Supporters of the project highlight the economic benefits of the project and a desire for U.S. energy security. Those in support also cite the fact that Iowa already has thousands of miles of pipelines that transport petroleum based products safely every day.
Among supporters quoted for the article, Bill Gerhard, president of the Iowa State Building & Construction Trades Council, noted he’s been around pipeline projects his entire career and thinks the Dakota Access Pipeline project will create good, well-paying jobs for Iowa’s construction union workers.
The Iowa Utilities Board will meet on March 9th and 10th on whether to grant a state permit for construction.