DAKOTA DUNES -- The Dakota Valley Business Council sent out a message Monday urging its members to voice their support for the $10 billion, 400,000-barrel-per-day when the state South Dakota Department Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Board of Minerals and Enviornment holds public comment meetings Wednesday and Thursday in Elk Point, S.D.
The DVBC took that stand about a year ago and spoke in support of the project before the public hearings on rezoning the 3,292 acres for the project held by the county zoning board and board of county commissioners.
DVBC President Greg Miner said in a statement that the business council wants its members to voice support for the project and to ask the DENR "to objectively evalutate the Hyperion Air Quality Permit and act on it without delay."
Following the two days of public comment in Elk Point and a tour of the proposed site about seven miles north of there, the BME will hold a trial-like contested case hearing on the air quality permit over two weeks, one each in May and June, in Pierre. There's no telling how long the board will review the evidence and application before ruling on it.
Hyperion needs the permit before the project can proceed.