As if to make my point, KELO dispatches Ben Dunsmoor to trot out another Chamber of Commerce booster piece for Hyperion:
Hyperion Air Permit Could Bring Business
Later this month the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment will start the formal hearing for Hyperion's air permit. The Executive Director of the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and Development Company says that permit may be the key that unlocks a boom of business in the area.
It may not be in Union County, but just a few miles outside of Vermillion developers are already buying up land in anticipation of the largest proposed project in the state of South Dakota.
"We're seeing a lot of preparation for growth," Steve Howe said [Ben Dunsmoor, "Hyperion Air Permit Could Bring Business," KELOLand.com, 2009.05.08].
Could bring business? It seems just as likely—more like, I would argue—that the permit could bring pollution, lung cancer, crime, traffic, and economic dependence on an unsustainable out-of-state industry. It is just as likely that a big polluting refinery that dominates the local labor market would drive away other businesses.
Oh well. That's what the alternative press is here for: to make sure you hear more than PR from the corporate board.