How a mother-in-law inspired a bill to protect drivers who accidentally run over protesters
Legislators who say they are weary of a year of protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have proposed a slew of bills aimed at demonstrators.So they’ve drafted legislation in direct response to what’s happening near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. One bill would make it illegal for adults to wear masks. Another would let the state sue the federal government for the cost of policing the pipeline protests.
© Bryon Houlgrave/The Register Crews work to clean up after a pipeline leak in Worth County, Iowa, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. According to the Worth County Sheriff's Office, approximately 82,000 gallons of diesel fuel has leaked near a farm north of Hanlontown, near the Minnesota border.
DES MOINES — An investigation is ongoing on how a pipeline leaked 138,600 gallons of diesel fuel in Worth County early Wednesday morning, according to Magellan Midstream Partners L.P., the pipeline company.
The 3,300 barrels of diesel leaked out of Magellan's 12-inch pipeline system near Hanlontown around 390th Street and Wheelerwood Road, said Bruce Heine, spokesman for Magellan. A portion of Wheelerwood Road will be closed for two days, according to the Worth County Sheriff's Office.
North Dakota landowners sue over Dakota Access easements
A group of about two dozen North Dakota landowners is suing the developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline for alleged deceit and fraud in acquiring land easements.Already, landowners in Iowa await a state judge's ruling in another easement case regarding the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline. Other court battles are playing out in federal court in North Dakota and Washington, D.C.The Morton County landowners in the lawsuit, filed this month in U.S. District Court, are seeking more than $4 million in damages from Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.
"It’s a big one — it’s significant," said Jeff Vansteenburg, a field office supervisor for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "The responsible party is Magellan, so they’ll have to bear the cost of cleanup."
The pipeline leaked on private agricultural land, said Karen Grimes, spokeswoman for the Iowa DNR. There is a small stream near the leak, but Grimes said no surface water has been contaminated. The Iowa DNR has not uncovered any underground water contamination.
The leak occurred when the pipeline ruptured and diesel sprayed out, Grimes said. Magellan reported the leak around 8 a.m. It was initially reported that 63,000 gallons leaked out, Grimes said.
"They found that it’s basically pooled into a farm field that’s near the break and has not reached the water in the state," Grimes said. "There’s a little creek, but it has not reached any surface waters at this time."
No. 11 Oregon loses Brooks in win over California
Jordan Bell scored a career-high 26 points, Casey Benson had 15 on five 3-pointers and No. 11 Oregon rolled to an 86-63 victory over California on Thursday night. The Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12) matched a 104-year-old school record with their 15th consecutive win, but they lost preseason All-America Dillon Brooks to a lower leg injury late in the first half.Brooks, who had offseason surgery on his left foot, limped off the court as Oregon was building a 44-30 halftime lead. Oregon officials tweeted that Brooks had injured his lower left leg after he did not appear with his teammates for the second half.
Heine said it's unknown what caused the leak. Vansteenburg said nothing struck the pipe and said there are sensors in the pipeline that notify Magellan when a problem occurs.
Since the leak, the pipeline has been contained, Heine said. No evacuations or injuries have been reported and there is no public health risk, according to the Worth County Sheriff's Office. Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene.
Gas stations typically have a diesel-fuel tank underground that can hold between 10,000 to 15,000 gallons, Vansteenburg said. He said enough diesel spilled in Worth County to supply around 10 stations.
"The product is under pressure, so as soon as a leak develops, it starts coming out pretty fast," Vansteenburg said.
The last significant pipeline leak that occurred in the state was in 2001 when a pipeline owned by the Koch Pipeline Co. leaked 312,000 pounds of fertilizer near Algona, Vansteenburg said. More than a million fish, turtles, frogs and other aquatic life were killed from the incident, according to Register archives.
Trump Revives Keystone Pipeline Rejected by Obama
The new president continued dismantling his predecessor’s policies by clearing the way for a project at the heart of the battle over climate change.Former President Barack Obama rejected the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline in 2015, arguing that it would undercut American leadership in curbing the reliance on carbon energy. Mr. Trump signed a document clearing the way to government approval of the pipeline as well as for the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.
Magellan has been responsive to the leak, Vansteenburg said. He said the company brought vacuum and frack trucks to handle the diesel, which will be brought to the company's terminal in Clear Lake. Once all of the free-liquid diesel is recovered, he said the company will remove the contaminated soil.
Vansteenburg said the Iowa DNR will also see if any Iowa Administrative Codes were violated.
Magellan’s pipeline system transports refined petroleum products from refineries in the Gulf Coast and midcontinent to petroleum distribution terminals throughout the Midwest, Heine said.
On Oct. 20, a Magellan pipeline holding anyhdrous ammonia leaked near Decatur, Neb., according to an article by the Omaha World-Herald. The paper reports that one person was killed due to the leak, while 40 other people were evacuated.
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Iowa State rallies to stun No. 2 Kansas 92-89 in OT .
Deonte Burton hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points, Monte Morris added 25 and Iowa State rallied from a big halftime deficit to beat No. 2 Kansas 92-89 in overtime Saturday, ending the Jayhawks' 51-game winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse. Naz Mitrou-Long added six 3-pointers and 22 points for the Cyclones (14-8, 6-4 Big 12), who had a school-record 18 3-pointers while forcing the Jayhawks (20-3, 8-2) into 21 turnovers.They also overcame a monster performance by the Jayhawks' Frank Mason III, who had a career-best 32 points while going 9 of 11 from the field, 4 of 5 from beyond the arc and 10 of 12 at the free throw line.