DES MOINES | State Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, and Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, joined together Wednesday to call on Congress to oppose the proposed Keystone XL pipeline because of the expected use of eminent domain in the development of the project.

The two state legislators sent letters to Iowa Congressmen Dave Loebsack and Bruce Braley and to the U.S. State Department in advance of the March 7 deadline for public comments on the environmental impact statement on the proposal.

Kaufmann said the interests in oil profits should not supersede the rights of property owners and he urged Loebsack to stand with landowners who do not want this pipeline running through their properties.

Meanwhile, Hogg told Braley it is “not in America’s national interests to allow a foreign oil company to condemn American farms and ranches to take foreign oil to the Gulf Coast for sale on the global market."

-- Globe Gazette Des Moines Bureau

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