The biggest challenge on this project was dealing with all of the protestors. There usually are on some of the jobs, but this one was unique in the sense that the Native Americans, along with many others, setup camp for thousands of people in an effort to try to stop the pipeline completely. Dealing with people destroying your property and threatening the lives of the pipeline workers makes it extremely difficult to do your job.
The state of Iowa has a multitude of farms and cattle ranches. Dealing with farmers who are trying grow crops and make a living while you are disturbing their land to put pipeline. The land was so good for growing crops since there was 3’ of topsoil. However, this was a detriment to us since after you put it all back and it rains, you can’t get on it for days, but we keep positive attitudes and the project was a success.