Sponsored by the Sierra Club's Living River Group (southeast South Dakota) and the Northwest Iowa Group.
The concerns noted in this website are shared by a growing number of citizens in Siouxland.

Why we oppose Hyperion

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On this website you’ll discover the flip side to Hyperion’s hype. We want our elected officials to protect citizens from this poorly planned and unnecessary tar sands oil refinery that would release massive amounts of pollution. Our goal is straight-forward: We want Hyperion’s high-flying promoters to cancel their project, pack their bags and go home for good to Texas, North Carolina, Washington and Switzerland.

There are numerous, significant drawbacks to Hyperion, and among them are the many economic casualties, especially in the local, family-farm sector and related agricultural businesses, and there are also very serious public health and quality-of-life consequences. Hyperion would emit enormous amounts of air and water pollution as well as cause widespread community disruptions and severe industrial blight that will ruin the quality-of-life for thousands of people.

Oil refineries make lousy neighbors, and refinery locations and the area around them become “sacrifice zones”. Oil refineries attract other dangerous industries, and that multiples pollution and other problems. Oil refineries are prone to accidents that cause concentrated releases of dangerous pollution. Top executives and owners live far away while the communities and residents close at hand endure the brunt of dirty, dangerous industrialization. We suggest you visit a community or locale that hosts a large oil refinery and see for yourself. You’ll discover cancer, crime, industrial filth and grime. There is a shabby, blighted character that dominates the area around an oil refinery. Is a huge, polluting oil refinery consistent with the image and reputation we want for Siouxland?

Economic development should not victimize significant portions of a local population. But that’s exactly what is happening during the controversial planning stages of this project, and this is what will continue to happen if Hyperion is built on land that is already productive and contributes to a high standard of living in the area. Why ruin the livelihoods and quality of life for hundreds of families and thousands of people?  Hyperion claims strong local support, but opposition to the refinery proposal in the area surrounding the proposed refinery footprint is prevalent. 

Aren’t there better ways to diversify and strengthen the state’s economy than building a polluting oil refinery that will drive existing, succesful families from their homes?  Building a massive refinery on already productive, fertile farm land is economic development in reverse. We are confident better, safer ways to expand and strengthen our economy can be identified and pursued.  We can do better.  We must do better.

To learn more or to assist our effort to stop Hyperion contact Pete Carrels at opposehyperion@hotmail.com