IOWA COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – A group of protesters in Eastern Iowa are still fighting against a pipeline that’s already running oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
The Dakota Access Pipeline goes through 18 Iowa counties. The camp is a county away from where the pipeline sits.
The protesters are camping on some private land. They’ve made a small sustainable community, and have no intention of packing up anytime soon.
“We’re right now planting a bunch of gardens we are in the process of building composting toilets we’re getting livestock,” Allison Downie, one of the campers said.
Christine Nobiss is one of the founders of the camp.
“As standing rock was winding down I just felt it I don’t know necessary to continue the fight in Iowa because Iowa truly is the last place that we could stop the Dakota Access Pipeline,” Nobiss said.
The group says some farmers that own land that the pipeline now goes through could win an eminent domain lawsuit.
“They’re going in and declaring eminent domain on people’s lands for a corporation to make money. Eminent domain used to be if it was going to benefit the people, the community,” Downie said.
They say most in the community have supported the camp, but there are a few groups aimed at shutting it down. One called DefendIowa constantly posts about the group on Facebook. In a post it said the protesters are “intent on recruiting dozens of leftist protesters under the guise of protecting our state. They are not to be trusted, based on their history at previous violent movements. We don’t need/want them here!!”
Nobiss says those groups feel threatened economically.
“When you threaten money in the US you threaten a lot of people because a lot of people believe the more money you have, the better your life is,” Nobiss said.
The Iowa County sheriff tells TV9 deputies will stop by to check on the people living there, but they aren’t doing anything illegal.
The protesters are also planning on going to an Iowa Utilities Board meeting in June to protest the pipeline.