(Des Moines) Iowa may be a fair distance from the route of the proposed “Keystone X-L” pipeline, but backers are looking here for support from labor unions representing skilled trades. Don Gunderson is with the oil industry trade association and says the pipeline could very well impact the trades here…directly or indirectly.
“They will be going either to Nebraska to work on the pipeline or they will be working on projects where other people will be going to Nebraska to work on the pipeline,” stated Gunderson. “There is an old saying in the labor movement, “the rising tide floats all boats,” and that is really what we see in the construction trades.These folks are moving on to projects and other people are filling the roles that they left.”
The Keystone X-L pipeline has been controversial in Nebraska, prompting strong opposition, and re-routing of the line. The state department’s latest environmental impact study, however, shows no adverse impacts on land or water. There’s a public hearing on the matter later this month in Nebraska, ultimately the decision to give it the Green Light or not, will be left up to the White House.
Backers held a rally outside the state capitol Thursday, featuring labor unions-expressing support for the pipeline’s construction.
Iowa Radio Network
April 5, 2013