Energy Policy Critics

Did Kansas lose out on a big energy project because of the KDHE secretary's decision to block two coal-fired power plants?

Several legislators say yes.

The project is a 10-billion dollar oil refinery by Dallas-based hyperion resources.

The company plans to build in South Dakota.

Four house Republicans maintain hyperion is avoiding Kansas because it believes the regulatory climate in the state is too uncertain.

A spokesperson for Governor Sebelius said it's her understanding that South Dakota has always been the company's first choice.

Sebelius is expected to veto a bill allowing the two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

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