Regarding the Aug. 10 guest column by Ed Fallon “New chapter in the fight against pipeline”:
The development and use of fracturing over the past couple of decades has been the principal cause of lower energy prices in this country.
Crude oil is transported from the Bakken wells to refineries by rail or truck. The movement of that crude oil can be done much more efficiently (and more environmentally safe) by pipeline.
The construction of this pipeline will provide $189 million to landowners, provide Iowa with $33 million of sales tax, 2,000 to 4,000 jobs in Iowa during construction and $30 million from property taxes annually. Bakken crude oil will be moved to refineries one way or another.
The pipeline is the most efficient and environmentally safe way to move it. It will be built. Delays will only add to the cost.