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Linn County Considering Pipeline Ordinance

Linn County is considering a pipeline ordinance. 

On Wednesday, the Linn County Board of Supervisors held its second of three considerations on an ordinance changing setback requirements for new hazardous material pipelines. 

The ordinance sets out a formula for how close a new pipeline could be built near a place of public assembly or dwelling. It would impact Wolf Carbon Solution’s 280-mile pipeline project. 

Jessica Wiskus has been organizing residents against the pipeline. She opposes the ordinance for what she calls “loopholes” in its language.

The ordinance will allow landowners to wave their right to setbacks. It also reduces requirements if the pipeline operator addresses why this reduction is necessary in their petition to the Iowa Utilities Board.

 

story courtesy of Radio Iowa; photo courtesy of Linn County

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