Board listens to pros, cons on Hyperion - Opponents outnumber those who favor
April 17th, 2009
Board listens to pros, cons on Hyperion
By Michele Linck | Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2009
ELK POINT, S.D. -- Those speaking against the oil refinery/energy
center proposed for southern Union County outnumbered those in favor
during the first two hours of a public comment hearing Wednesday before
the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Board
of Minerals and Environment.
Refining, of Dallas, Texas, is applying to the DENR for a
preconstruction air quality permit to build a $10 billion,
400,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery/energy center on 3,300 acres of
farm land north of Elk Point.
The nine-member Board of Minerals
and Environment will have the final say on whether to grant that
permit, which Hyperion must have to start construction.
of speakers opposed to the project demanded the board require the
company to produce a comprehensive environmental impact statement,
something the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has
previously said is not as rigorous as the state's permitting process.
Other opponents verbally painted pictures of oil leaks, contaminated
water and "poisons" spewed into the air by the ton.
Larson, executive director of Global Community Monitor, a
California-based organization that helps communities test air and
pressure refineries to clean up their emissions, got a loud round of
applause after telling the board that the permit application Hyperion
has submitted fails to meet federal standards set forth in law. He said
they would be breaking the law to grant it.
Larson also raised
the specter of lawsuits over the refinery's pollution from area
residents and adjoining states. He predicted the 5,000 workers living
on site during construction would draw strip clubs and other
undesirable businesses to the area.
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