Iowa legislative session set to end with no action to stop eminent domain for private purposes

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Today, Iowa’s 2022 legislative session is expected to conclude without any action on the state’s contentious carbon pipeline issue. More than 1,700 voters reached out to state lawmakers to call for eminent domain to be stopped for private purposes this session, and a recent Food & Water Action poll found that 80% of registered Iowa voters oppose the use of eminent domain for dangerous carbon pipelines. Despite strong voter demand and the introduction and movement of two bills to stop carbon pipeline eminent domain, SF 2160 and HF 2565, no legislation was passed this session to address the politically popular issue.

Affected landowners and members of the Carbon Pipelines Resistance Coalition held a press conference today to rebuke the legislature’s failure to arrest eminent domain for private gain. Food & Water Watch Iowa Senior Organizer Emma Schmit mentioned:

“The inaction of the legislator this session is shameful. But the anti-pipeline movement is only growing. The people of Iowa are united against the threat of eminent domain from these dangerous carbon pipelines. And we refuse to give up our taxpayers’ money, our land and our security to build them. This is only the beginning.”

“Eminent domain is not just an issue for those of us impacted by the Summit pipeline; this should be a concern for all Iowa property owners,” said Cynthia Hansen, owner of Century Farm in Shelby County, affected by the Summit pipeline project. “Our legislators must stand with us, the landowners, their constituents, who elected them to serve. If these dangerous pipelines are allowed to use eminent domain, no landowner will be safe from its use by other private companies in the future. It will be a dangerous precedent to set.

“CCS only serves financial interests and the fossil fuel industry without ever truly addressing the climate emergency that affects us all,” said Mahmud Fitil, Great Plains Action Society. “In the midst of this climate emergency, we must demand a reduction and phase-out of fossil fuels as part of a just transition. Additionally, the same concerns are present with other pipeline projects in the region regarding safety. , water and land degradation as well as the disruption of sacred Indigenous ceremonial and burial sites CCS is greenwashing rather than a solution to the climate emergency the people of Iowa deserve, and as Indigenous people, we remain committed to the water, land, and future generations of Iowans.The Great Plains Action Society stands firmly against carbon pipelines.

“The Iowa Legislature has failed to take action on one of the most important issues facing Iowa – carbon pipelines,” said Conservation Program Coordinator Jess Mazour with the Sierra Club Iowa Chapter. “There is nothing good about these carbon pipelines. It is a risk for us and a reward for them. We need the Iowa Legislature to make meaningful changes to Iowa law to protect Iowa, our landowners, and our resources.We must ban carbon pipeline eminent domain.

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