If I remember correctly the planned refinery in South Dakota was approved by the voters but then the greenies stepped in and it’s now held up in the courts. I hope I’m wrong.
SD Supreme Court upholds Hyperion refinery permit
January 24, 2013
In a hotly contested case that spanned more than five years, the South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key environmental permit that allows a Dallas, Texas, developer to start building a $10 billion oil refinery and power plant in Union County.
A unanimous high court found the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Board of Minerals and Environment acted within its discretion to approve an air quality permit for the Hyperion Energy Center.
“We’ve said from the beginning this will be the cleanest, most environmentally sound refinery in North America, likely the world,” Hyperion Refining Vice President Preston Phillips said in a statement. “The Supreme Court’s decision affirms that. Having this decision helps clarify our path for moving forward.”
Ed Cable, a spokesman for the project opponents who went to court to throw out the permit, said they are reviewing their options, including whether they can appeal the decision in federal court.
“Obviously we are disappointed, but not surprised at the ruling. Basically what they did was reaffirm everything the DENR did,” Cable said. He spoke on behalf of the three plaintiffs, the South Dakota Sierra Club, and two local groups, Save Union County and Citizens Opposed to Oil Pollution.