Dakota Access Construction Boosting Business in Iowa

Dakota Access pipeline construction workers are boosting business in Cherokee, Iowa as they arrive in town to work on the pipeline.

Cherokee city manager Sam Kooiker told the Sioux City Journal that the impact has been significant.

“As a community, it’s been a net positive,” he told the journal.

Construction workers are filling up hotels in the city, drawing longer lines at local grocery stores, and increasing traffic at local restaurants and bars.

Due to the increase in traffic, the City Council said it will consider leaving the Spring Lake Park campground open during the winter. All of the campground spots have been filled most of the summer with workers paying $15 per night to the city for a place to park their campers.

In Iowa, the Dakota Access pipeline is 64 percent complete, and Energy Transfer estimates the entire four-state oil pipeline will be complete by end of 2016.

Sioux City Journal
Houston Chronicle