Local Talk for Friday, April 08, 2022 started with recap of the news for this week from the Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart.
Stephanie Shepherd is a biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Program. We learned about Prairie Chickens to southern Iowa and a Prairie Chicken gathering tomorrow April 9 at dawn near Kellerton, Iowa. Viewing platform is on 300St. south of Hwy 2.
Merry Rankin, Sustainability Director with the City of Ames and Iowa State University, talked about this Earth Month calendar of events that interns have put together… collecting sustainability events happening throughout Ames. Here is the link: 2022 Earth Month Calendar | Office of Sustainability | Iowa State University (iastate.edu).
On March 29, 2022 a stop eminent domain for a CO2 pipeline across was held. The Story County Board of Supervisors is on record with the Iowa Utilities Board asking them to not allow the use of eminent domain for carbon pipelines. According to Story County supervisor, Linda Murken, she believed we were the third county to notify the IUB of our opposition to them granting eminent domain for this purpose. Since then numerous county boards of supervisors have filed similar statements of opposition. I do not have an exact count but believe the vast majority of counties through which one or both pipeline routes run have filed objections.
Tom Honeyman from Mills County, Julie Johnson from Pocohontas County and Cindy Hansen’s sister from Shelby Co. presented and voiced their opposition to a CO2 pipeline across Iowa that is imposing eminent domain to gain access to the route.