Iowa Senate remains silent on eminent domain despite outreach to more than 1,700 voters

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During this legislative session, more than 1,700 voters contacted state legislative offices by phone and email demanding action on eminent domain for the controversial pipelines proposed for Iowa. Additionally, nearly 250 people attended a public hearing on the matter last month either in person in the Capitol rotunda or virtually. It’s been more than two weeks since the Iowa House passed legislation to suspend carbon pipeline eminent domain, but the Senate remains silent on the critical legislation.

The silence comes despite new Food & Water Action poll showing that 80% of registered Iowa voters oppose the use of eminent domain for dangerous carbon pipelines.

In response, Food & Water Watch Iowa Senior Organizer Emma Schmit issued the following statement:

“As opposition mounts to the dangerous carbon pipelines proposed for our state, and the threat of eminent domain to build them, the silence of the Senate is deafening.

“The people of Iowa see these projects for what they are – hazardous, environmentally laundered pipelines that will make the few very rich at the expense of the many. Senator Whitver and his chamber must heed constituent demands and shut down eminent domain for private gain.

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]