Spink County Commission chairman Dave Albrecht has signed and sent the letter telling Battelle they do not have the support of the public or the commission for the Deep Borehole Field Test:
Notice that Albrecht avoids ascribing to commissioners any position on the merits of the Borehole experiment itself. Pointing out the evident lack of public support, Albrecht says Battelle’s imminent zoning application won’t get four commissioners to vote aye.
Chairman Albrecht mentions “a proposed legal agreement currently being drafted by the United States Department of Energy, between [that should be among—more than two parties!] Battelle, the United States Department of Energy, the State of South Dakota and Spink County.” Perusing the commission minutes since the Borehole came south, I see executive sessions on April 12 and May 17 to discuss personnel matters none for legal matters. Nor do I see any official appearance from DOE personnel to inform the commission of any proposed legal agreement. While this June 10 letter may moot any such agreement, I am curious to know what that proposed agreement entails and how and when the commission became cognizant of the drafting of this agreement.
Note that Albrecht copies Governor Dennis Daugaard and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology president Heather Wilson. The latter cc is particularly interesting: Albrecht does not send the letter to the CEO of Battelle but to energy business line manager Rodney Osborne and media man T.R. Massey, the Battelle staff directly involved with pitching the project in Spink County. But Albrecht skips the Mines personnel who came to public meetings to discuss the project and instead goes straight to Wilson. Perhaps Wilson was more involved in lobbying for the project than public appearances would indicate.
Albrecht writes that Battelle is still welcome to submit its zoning application, but with the county hanging an official “Borehole Not Welcome” sign on the door, should Battelle bother?