Energy Transfer Partners, the company that built the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, is giving cash to emergency responders in every county the pipeline crosses. What’s the motive? Mike Futch, vice president of Energy Transfer Partners, says having a close working relationship with local emergency responders is critical to ensuring the pipeline is operated in a safe and regulatory-compliant manner. $360,000 has been earmarked to 18 Iowa counties; overall the company is giving a million dollars to emergency responders in the four states the pipeline crosses. The Dakota Access Pipeline crosses through Jasper, Mahaska, Wapello, Keokuk, Jefferson, Van Buren and Lee counties in Southeast Iowa. Each will receive a check for $20,000.
A stormy Saturday night brought more drought relief to South Central Iowa – Pella received 1.23″ Saturday night, Knoxville recorded 1.35″, and Lake Red Rock received 1.23″ of the wet stuff. For the month of October, Pella has seen 3.86 inches of rain, Knoxville has picked up just shy of 4″, Lake Red Rock 3.63″, and Cedar Creek’s rain gauges are overflowing with 6.38″ of precipitation. October has seen huge changes in the U.S. Drought Monitor Reports, with most of Marion County now under moderate drought–except for areas near Pleasantville – after most of the area starting the month in the extreme category. Much more seasonal conditions are in place this week through Thursday, with the National Weather Service predicting daytime highs in the 50s and 60s.