Delaying decisions has become an often-used tactic by those opposing the modernization and expansion of our energy infrastructure network. However, instituting artificial delays on projects can have serious unintended consequences.
The Midwest has a rapidly growing and diversifying economy. While the agriculture sector remains a powerhouse, other industries have migrated to our region with companies both large and small deciding to invest here. Allowing regulatory decisions to be made by factors outside of what is written into law introduces uncertainty, which scares away investment and job growth.
As the Iowa Utilities Board continues to review the application of the Dakota Access Pipeline, we urge the board members to review the application based on the facts. The evidence shows that there is both a need and a benefit for and from this kind of project. Approving this project is in the best interest of Iowa and the Midwest.