High court asked to throw out oil refinery permit

October 4, 2012 • Business

Hon. Kathleen Caldwell (left to right) and members of the South Dakota Supreme Court, John Konenkamp, Chief Justice David Gilbertson, Glen Severson and Steven Zinter listen during a hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 at the Jeschke Fine Arts Center at the University of South Dakota in SIoux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Jay Pickthorn)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed $10 billion oil refinery in southeastern South Dakota on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to strike down a state permit that would let a Texas company to begin construction.

Gabrielle Sigel, an attorney for three groups fighting the Hyperion Energy Center, said the Board of Minerals and Environment erred when it approved an air quality permit last year because its study did not include a full-blown environmental impact statement.

Sigel said the refinery would be the largest industrial project in state history and that the preparation of an impact statement should involve other agencies and Login to read more

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