Dakota Access Pipeline will benefit Iowa economy

My name is Tom Hayes and I am the business manager for Laborers Local 353, which represents hundreds of construction workers and city employees in Boone County. As a proud union laborer, I am writing to state my support for the Dakota Access Pipeline project, and to encourage others to do the same.

Pipeline construction will be good for the Iowa economy by creating about 4,000 construction career jobs, generating about $50 million in new taxes in Iowa plus more than $27 million in property taxes, and requiring about $1 billion in American-made products for the pipeline construction.