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Hyperion Oil Refinery - Wrong Location, Wrong Time

January 20, 2010

ELK POINT, S.D. - An environmental group says an oil refinery proposed for southeast South Dakota is not needed, and would be built in the wrong place. Pete Carrels of the Sierra Club says the Hyperion Resources refinery would be about 20 years too late.

"It's pretty clear that the refining industry is certainly not growing right now; it's downsizing. In fact, the number of refineries in this country peaked in the year 1982, at 300, and it's down to, I think, a little less than 150 today. Capacity is down, employees are being furloughed."

Carrels says building the refinery at the proposed location, in northern Union County north of Elk Point, would destroy thousands of acres of farmland.

"These are 3800 acres of the finest farmland in South Dakota, if not the United States. These are extremely important crop-growing grounds that are going to be taken out of production permanently."

Supporters of the refinery say it will bring thousands of high-paying jobs, and increase populations and school enrollments in the area.

Hyperion has said it plans to build the greenest refinery in history. But Carrels says the company hasn't provided much proof of that yet.

"If Hyperion is sincere about creating a green oil refinery, we would like to see more indication that they're interested in embracing the greenest technologies that are available."

Hyperion has not yet indicated how it will obtain the crude oil they need to run the plant, said to cost over one billion dollars. Backers say construction may begin next year.

Jerry Oster, Public News Service - SD