Penalties Increased for Future Pipeline ‘Sabotage’ in Iowa

Penalties Increased for Future Pipeline ‘Sabotage’ in Iowa

William Pettroski | Des Moines Register

Criminal sabotage of Iowa pipelines, telecommunications facilities, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure could result in long prison sentences and large fines under a new state law approved by the Iowa Legislature in its 2018 session.

The measure was drafted by state homeland security officials in the wake of millions of dollars in damage that protesters inflicted on Iowa sections of the Dakota Access Pipeline, before the crude oil pipeline became operational in June 2017. The new law has created the new crime of “critical infrastructure sabotage,” which is a Class B felony. It is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000…(Read the full story)

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