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Last updated 4:26PM ET
February 28, 2021
Nebraska News
Nebraska News
Oil refinery could impact northeast Nebraska
(NET Radio) - Oil company Hyperion Refining has requested rezoning of land in Southeast South Dakota for a huge oil refinery.

The company is holding a series of public meetings this week to explain the proposal including the environmental footprint of the refinery.

Hyperion experts say airborne emissions from the refinery would be 80% lower than the typical California refinery in operation today. The refinery would need eight-to-ten million gallons of water a day, piped from the Missouri River in a new pipeline, with about three million gallons a day returned to the river.

Hyperion Vice President Preston Phillips says technology has improved significantly since the last refinery was built in the 1970s. But Ed Cable of the Save Union County Committee says before the rezoning request is approved...the company should still file a full environmental impact statement.

The proposed refinery would employ eighteen-hundred people expected to live within an hour's drive of the plant, which could include portions of Northeast Nebraska via the bridges at Sioux City and Newcastle.
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