Despite strong doubts about Hyperion’s funding and the feasibility of their tar sands oil refinery (and accompanying coal-fired power plant) project near Elk Point, they are moving forward with a request for Clay Rural Water Systems to provide 10-12 million gallons of water per day to the project.
That request will be entertained tonight at a meeting of Clay Rural Water Systems Board of Directors, 30376 SD HWY 19 (about 11 miles north of Vermillion) at 7:30pm. Need a ride? One can be arranged–contact me at organicpeas(AT)hotmail(DOT)com.
The last time CRWS had a public meeting on this issue (October 22, 2009–here’s my post), the member-speakers present were unanimous in their disapproval for the request–especially considering Hyperion’s plan is for CRWS to also provide the infrastructure to provide the water. Nevertheless, the Board voted 5-8 to “investigate further.”
From their website: Clay Rural Water is “a member-owned non-profit corporation,” whose “sole purpose…is to provide safe, quality drinking water to its members for domestic, farm and business use” (emphasis mine).
Currently, CRWS has six reservoirs with a storage capacity of 1,040,000 gallons.
Hyperion wants 10,000,000 to 12,000,000 gallons per day. And it wants you, the membership, to pay for the infrastructure that allows them to get it.
If you are a member of Clay Rural (or South Union) Water Systems, please make a point to attend this meeting and to protect your water resources.