Letters

Letters
Crude secrets

To the editor:

The Hyperion Energy Center is a $10 billion project proposed by an obscure company that has never constructed a refinery. The facility would utilize Canadian high sulfur crude derived from oil sands in Alberta. How will the 400,000 barrels per day of heavy crude be piped to the site near Vermillion? That is a secret. Hyperion is also not disclosing the technical details of their "green refinery." Trust them? It is not the only corporation with South Dakota oil plans.


TransCanada is a carrier for Canadian-derived oil. This big corporation is proposing a pipeline carrying 590,000 barrels per day. It will cut through rural North and South Dakota and pass under the wild and scenic recreational Missouri River near Yankton to sites in Illinois. Multiple pump stations will move the viscous crude under an incredible pressure of 1,700 pounds per square inch. They want a 100-foot right-of-way across rich farmlands, wetlands, rural water systems, and numerous aquifers.

This foreign corporation threatens to use eminent domain to condemn land. South Dakota lawyers question if landowners are protected from oil leaks, fires or soil and water contamination. That 100-foot right-of-way means more pipes could be placed in the easements in coming years. TransCanada has been very secretive but the Public Utilities Commission forced them to disclose some facts (Argus Leader editorial, Aug. 15, 2007).

Subsequent pipes placed in the easements could have a spur line carrying crude near Vermillion, crossing the Lewis and Clark water pipelines and the Vermillion River, following an undisclosed pathway to the proposed refinery. Perhaps Hyperion will not use the TransCanada easement area? Perhaps it plans a completely different system of easements through the Dakotas to their modern green refinery? That is also a secret!

Jim Heisinger

Vermillion

Making wishes come true

To the editor:

Thank you to Gary Madsen from Madsen Auction Service and Bruce Fischback from The University of South Dakota. In June, these two gentlemen approached Make-A-Wish about hosting a dinner, dance and auction. We were excited about working with them to raise money for our many sick children in South Dakota. The event was held on Aug. 2 and netted $6,225. This is outstanding for a first-time event!

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children 2 1/2 to 18 suffering with life-threatening medical conditions. The only way that we can make a wish a reality is with the support of people like Gary and Bruce and those of you that participated in the event.

"Hope" is a key word at Make-A-Wish. We give children "hope" for better days ahead. Gary and Bruce are planning to host this fundraising event again in 2008. So we "hope" that next year's event is bigger and better and we "hope" that you will continue to support these two gentlemen and their efforts.

Thank you for making wishes come true!

Mary Olinger

President and CEO

Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota

Gorilla, be careful what you ask for

To the editor:

I live six miles from Gorilla ground zero. Until the press conference on June 14 I, like many others, had no opinion one way or the other about whether or not Project Gorilla was good or bad for Union County in South Dakota. Since the announcement, it is becoming quite apparent that there are so many unanswered questions that I believe that the refinery is not good for the people of Union County – or the people in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

First of all, if you Google Hyperion Resources, you only get a Web site that you can�t get into. I have talked to many people and nobody seems to know who Hyperion Resources is.

Where is the money coming from? I don�t believe that Hyperion has the financial resources to do a project of this magnitude. I started searching the Internet and after quite a lengthy process, there are curious connections coming up repeatedly. Huddleston (Hyperion CEO), T-Boone Pickens (large Texas oilman), the Hunt Brothers (Oil), and Phillips Petroleum (one of the largest oil companies in the world). Could Hyperion just be a front organization for Pickens?

If this is such a great and glorious operation, why haven�t we heard from anywhere else in the United States about the possibilities of an oil refinery? Why isn�t every state in the United States begging Hyperion to put the refinery there? Thousands of jobs, millions of dollars for the economy and status for the rest of the world to admire. Why aren�t large oil companies like Exxon, BP, Shell, and others clamoring to build �green� refineries? I think it is because the U.S. is committed to reducing the consumption of gas and increasing the consumption of ethanol. I�ve always been told to be careful what you wish for, you might get it.

Where is the oil coming from? Recent articles in the Argus Leader about the Trans Canadian Pipeline come up with statements from Keystone that they have not received any inquiries from Hyperion for purchase of their oil. The 400,000 barrels a day that is going to come down the pipeline is already contracted for by refineries in Oklahoma and Illinois, so where is Hyperion oil coming from?

There is talk of oil sand coming from Canada. How is it going to get here? Is there going to be another pipeline laid in the same trench for Trans Canada? Is there going to be a separate pipeline somewhere else?

Now you need to ask the question that has never been broached as far as I know. After you refine 400,000 barrels of oil a day, how do you get the gas and other by-products out of here? Rail line, trucks, what? This might be the most important question unanswered so far. How many thousands of gallons of petroleum products does 400,000 barrels of oil produce?

Doug Maurstad

Alcester

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