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South Dakota Oil Refinery Initiative (2008)

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The South Dakota Oil Refinery Initiative was on the ballot June 3, 2008. The measure was about whether or not to build a $3 billion oil refinery in Union County.

Election results

South Dakota Oil Refinery Initiative
Votes Percentage
15px-600px-Yes check.png Yes - 58%
No - 42%
Total votes 2,000,956 100%

[1] Officials say that voter turnout for this measure was the highest it's ever been in Union County.[2]


The initiative was supported by Hyperion Energy Center, the company that would build the refinery, and a citizen's group called Citizens for Hyperion. Supporters of the initiative were able to raise substantially more money than groups opposing the measure.[3]


The initiative was opposed by local citizen groups' Save Union County and Citizens Opposed to Oil Pollution.

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  1. Union County approves zoning ordinance for Hyperion Sioux City Journal, June 4, 2008
  2. Officials: Voter turnout highest ever Sioux City Journal, June 4, 2008
  3. Pro-refinery forces hold advantage in funding Sioux City Journal, May 24, 2008