It's The Vote!
I have been reading many comments the last few weeks both pro Hyperion and those against the refinery. What the people that are pro Hyperion are missing is that this is election is not about whether or not we should allow the refinery into Union County. This whole vote on the 3rd is whether or not to approve the change in the ordinance.
Let me point out a few facts and maybe this will be clear as mud when I’m finished. Most companies that come into a community to do business can only do so if they comply with current ordinances which allow them to do business. A business that proposes to do business that is not compliant with the current ordinances is not allowed to apply for building permits etc. until they are compliant with the ordinance. Does this make sense so far?
What Hyperion has done is to create a smoke screen and completely circumvented the process. As a result of their actions, Save Union County has filed a lawsuit with the 1st district court of South Dakota stating that Hyperion Resources is not compliant with the Union County Comprehensive Plan or the Union County Zoning Ordinance; therefore their application should be denied. This lawsuit is being reviewed by the circuit judge at this time.
The Union County Commissioners voted by a vote of 4 to 1 to approve Hyperion’s Application. It was Hyperion that asked for the vote. They already had the approval of the commission but believed that a popular vote would add credence to the commissioner’s decision.
Not only did they circumvent the process, they wrote their own ordinance. Union county did not write it, it was written and submitted by Hyperion. To show their brashness in their version of the revised ordinance, they added as a final blow to the process the following statement.
Section 805. Repeal of Conflicting Ordinances. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this Ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent necessary to give this Ordinance full force and effect.
And people want to vote this in? This ordinance approval is nothing short of a license to steal.