ISU group to bus students to Bakken Pipeline discussion

Alex Hanson

ISU students and Ames community members plan to offer a free bus ride from Ames to Boone, so people in opposition to the proposed Bakken Pipeline can have their comments heard at the Iowa Utilities Board meeting.

Thursday’s bus ride is free, but people who wish to take advantage of the opportunity must register at

The bus will leave from the west side of the Memorial Union at 8 a.m. Thursday. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Boone County Fairgrounds Community Building, 1601 Industrial Park Road. 

The bus will leave Boone to return to Ames at 1 p.m.

The proposed oil pipeline would carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, passing through South Dakota and Iowa during the process. The pipeline would pass through Story County, including some property owned by Iowa State University. 

Dakota Access, the company behind the pipeline, has initiated eminent domain proceedings against the university, but Warren Madden, vice president for business and finance, told Iowa Public Radio last week that Iowa State will resist.