By Scott Galindez
A group of Iowans from the Bakken Pipeline Coalition, Iowa CCI and Bold Iowa met with representatives of Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst. The group was protesting the Army Corps of Engineers announcement that it would follow President Donald Trump’s orders and grant the final easement to the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners. In the past week, groups representing farmers, landowners, tribes, environmentalists and climate activists have collected hundreds of thousands of comments to be delivered to the Army Corps during the open-comment period of the environmental review. The Army Corp’s decision ends an environmental review ordered by former President Barack Obama.
Other events took place in cities nationwide, including Iowa City, Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles.
Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott Moved to Des Moines in 2015 to cover the Iowa Caucus.