South Dakota vote is step toward first new U.S. oil refinery in decades
Plans have moved forward for the first new U.S. oil refinery in more than 30 years, as voters in South Dakota’s Union County approved a rezoning that would allow the project to be built. Energy company Hyperion Resources says the planned $10 billion facility would be a “green refinery” and would produce ultra-low-sulfur gasoline and diesel. (Never mind that it may suck as much as 12 million gallons of water a day from the Missouri River and generate 17.2 million tons of carbon dioxide per year). Hyperion has plenty of bureaucracy-wading left to do, and the project may face litigation from residents concerned about their health and the environment.