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Community Voices Opinions About Husky's Potential Rebuild of Refinery

Ryan Juntti
Updated: August 28, 2019 01:42 PM

The Husky Oil Refinery explosion last year not only sparked a massive fire, it also sparked strong reaction about public safety, and what the future of the refinery should be. 

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Husky applied for a permit to rebuild the refinery back in March. The DNR made a preliminary determination that the permit should be approved. 

On Tuesday at the Superior Government Center, community members got the chance to give their thoughts.

"I see first-hand the benefits that it provides this community," said Kirk Ilenda, who supports rebuilding the refinery.

Ilenda is one of a handful of community members who supports the rebuild of Husky's Oil Refinery. Some of the others cited the economic impact they say it has brought to the region.

"Large businesses like Husky, the ones with the intense economic impact are limited. We need to get this project approved, get it underway, and get the refinery back into production," said Craig Fellman, who supports the rebuild.

"In obtaining this permit, the company can continue its effort to provide a safe work environment and a more efficient ecological operation in our community," said Jim Caeser, who supports the rebuild.

There were also a fair amount of those against the rebuild. They expressed concerns about the use of Hydrogen Fluoride, and fossil fuels.

"I'm really concerned about the future and I don't think that such a big risk should be taken with our lives," said Korii Northrup, who opposes the rebuild.

"We have to have a wider vision that cares about our children, our grandchildren. We have to realize that we are in a place where we have to move on. We have to change," said Scot Bol, who opposes the rebuild.

The feedback gathered from the meeting will be considered when the DNR decides whether the permit will be approved.

The community can submit written comments on the permit until September 9. More information can be found here.

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