Release: Bold Iowa asks Iowa Utilities Board to stop DAPL expansion


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Bold Iowa asks Iowa Utilities Board to stop DAPL expansion
New video shows strong statements by President and Vice President against DAPL expansion

Des Moines, Iowa — Bold Iowa director, Ed Fallon, submitted a letter today to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) asking the Board to revisit its 2020 decision and stop expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

“For two reasons, we ask the IUB reverse its earlier decision and immediately stop Dakota Access from continuing its work at the Cambridge pumping station,” wrote Fallon. “First, in response to repeated questioning from Bold Iowa activists in 2019, President Biden and Vice President Harris spoke clearly and strongly against the Dakota Access Pipeline, specifically indicating their opposition to doubling the flow of oil. As Harris says toward the end of the following video, ‘the harm will be irreversible.’

Fallon shared this link with Board members:


“Second, the climate emergency is worsening at a rapid and frightening pace,” continued Fallon. “As The Guardian reported on January 8, 2021, ‘The climate crisis continued unabated in 2020, with the joint highest global temperatures on record, alarming heat and record wildfires in the Arctic, and a record 29 tropical storms in the Atlantic.’ Clearly, DAPL is bad for Iowa, bad for our planet.”

Bold Iowa has again written to President Biden and Vice President Harris, reminding them of their statements against DAPL while on the campaign trail in Iowa in 2019, and asking the President to shut down DAPL, as he shut down the Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year.

Bold Iowa was founded in 2015 to build rural-urban coalitions to (1) fight climate change, (2) prevent the abuse of eminent domain, (3) protect Iowa’s soil, air, and water, (4) defend the rights of farmers, landowners, and Indigenous communities, and (5) promote non-industrial renewable energy. In 2019, over 200 Iowans joined Bold Iowa’s Climate Bird Dogs to lobby presidential candidates on climate change and related concerns, including the Dakota Access Pipeline.