Iowans Protest Proposed Oil Pipeline Project

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Several Iowas took part in a handful of protests against the Keystone Pipeline on Saturday.

The remainder of the Keystone Pipeline is still in the planning stages from oil-rich Alberta to southern Illinois or to the Gulf in Houston Texas.

Those against the project joined for what they called a national day of action, including protests in Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha.

Amid this handful of people, one protestor who cited environmental concerns from TransCanada, the company that is the owner.

" Their goal is to be the number 1 energy company in the world and basically by putting the pipeline through, they would have to condemn American farmland to do that," said Cheryl Valenta of Cedar Rapids.

The proposed Keystone line would send the oil line through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska before a split - one through Kansas, Missouri and Illinois -- and the other, through Kansas, Oklahoma and Houston.

Protests were also held in Hiawatha, Ames, Des Moines, Davenport and Grinnell.
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