Eight Iowa lawmakers oppose more requirements for Bakken pipeline

Eight state legislators, including Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix, are urging the Iowa Utilities Board to oppose more requirements for a Texas company’s plans to build a crude oil pipeline across 18 Iowa counties.

The bipartisan letter, dated March 18, is not an outright endorsement of the pipeline project. But the eight legislators say a recent request from 15 Iowa House members who have urged an independent environmental assessment of the proposed Bakken pipeline does not reflect the beliefs or feelings of the entire Iowa Legislature.