As midnight approached, they popped the champagne corks, celebrating a hard-fought victory that keeps alive the county's chances of landing the nation's first all-new oil refinery in 32 years.By a solid 58 percent to 42 percent margin, county voters approved Hyperion's request to rezone 3,292 acres of farm land for a new classification, Energy Center Planned Development.
But, hold on. It's not a done deal. This was just a vote to get the citizens of the county to approve the re-zoning. Quoting again:
While conceding defeat, opponents vowed to keep fighting the controversial project on every imaginable front, pressing on with a lawsuit it filed against the county over the zoning procedures and opposing Hyperion as it applies for a bevy of state and federal permits. "We have strategies in place to slow or delay all the permit processes," Ed Cable, chairman of the anti-Hyperion group Save Union County, said after the vote.
Hmmm. I can't imagine why oil companies don't want to fight lawsuits for years to obtain a "bevy of state and federal permits"? That sounds like a lot of fun. Those darn oil companies-Congress should launch another investigation.