On June 3, 2008, Union County, S.D. voters, by 58-42 percent, approved a zoning measure that allowed Hyperion Refining to build an oil refinery and power plant on a 3,292-acre site just north of Elk Point.
In our extensive report online and in print today, Michele Linck and I Hyperion found that Hyperion remains a sore subject for many residents of the southeast South Dakota county, but one that many folks simply don't want to talk about, "Two years later, hard feelings remain."
In a separate story today, I update the status of the project, "Economy has slowed refinery plans." Construction was originally scheduled to start this year on the $10 billion behemoth, but has since pushed back to late 2011.
How do you feel about the project? Have your attitudes stayed the same or changed since the vote? Is it a subject you avoid talking about with some people?