Former Iowa lawmaker walks 400 miles on "fact-finding" journey relating to Bakken Oil Pipeline
Ed Fallon walks along Kiwi Avenue near Orange City, Iowa.
ORANGE CITY, IA (KTIV) -
A former Iowa lawmaker, Ed Fallon, has been on a mission since March 2nd this year. He's traveling the Iowa route of the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline.
It's an idea Fallon doesn't like.
"I'm really concerned about this pipeline," said Ed Fallon.
Fallon did something similar to a 2014 walk he organized from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. for Climate Action. On March 2nd, Fallon laced up his shoes and is walking 400 miles overall along the Bakken route.
He's calling it a "fact-finding" mission speaking with area farmers who'd be affected.
"I don't like seeing people's land condemned for a oil company, a pipeline company," said Fallon. "I want to learn as much as I can as how this affects people and get that information out to people."
He stops short of calling this a protest. But, when Fallon competes the walk on April 22nd, he says there will be a rally at the state Capitol in Des Moines. Hoping to drill a new initiative to stop the pipeline.
"No, the only thing good is some landowners might make a bunch of money upfront," said Fallon. "We've got so much good going on with wind, solar power, ethanol and bio-diesel."
Not everyone feels as strongly as Fallon does about preventing it. Paul Lubber owns a farm just outside Orange City, Iowa. He says he's not fully sold on building the pipeline, but is leaning more towards allowing the pipeline to run through his land. Even if Lubber doesn't benefit from it, he thinks enough people will if it's built.
Fallon has met others along the way who support building it, too.
"I just met a farmer who supports it and I'm respectful about that," said Fallon.
KTIV reached out to Energy Transfer Partners, the company that would build the pipeline. They did not return multiple phone calls.
Whether any change will come from Fallon's walk remains unclear.But he firmly believes he is doing the right thing.
"I wouldn't be doing something if I didn't think I was making a difference," said Fallon.
Fallon wraps up his walk on April 22nd, Earth Day, in Lyon County along the Big Sioux River.