The leader of the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now says the Iowa Utilities Board made the proper decision approving the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Ed Wiederstein says the approval was based on the fact Energy Transfer Partners was able to get easements from enough farmers to move ahead following the regulatory process.
He says the project is a win-win for the landowners, the state and the company and it lessens the dependence on foreign sources of energy.
Wiederstein says opponents to the project have their work cut out for them should they challenge the Board decision in court.
Energy Transfer Partners still needs final approval from the Army Corps of Engineers and Iowa Department of Natural Resources before they can proceed with the Dakota Access Pipeline.