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North Dakota: Refinery near Roosevelt Nat'l Park Could Win Permit

Oil rigs near Belfield, N.D., are seen in this photo from June.  North Dakota regulators say a proposed refinery in the area, east of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, complies with air pollution rules. Oil rigs near Belfield, N.D., are seen in this photo from June. North Dakota regulators say a proposed refinery in the area, east of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, complies with air pollution rules. |  Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV, file

BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press
December 07, 2017 05:35 PM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota health officials say a proposed oil refinery near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park complies with federal and state air pollution rules, but that a draft permit is still subject to public comment.

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Meridian Energy Group Inc. officials say the Davis Refinery near Belfield, North Dakota, would be the "cleanest refinery on the planet." But opponents worry about pollution in the park named for a former president revered for his conservation advocacy.

The refinery would process up to 49,500 barrels of Bakken crude per day.

The state Health Department says a public comment period on a draft air pollution control permit will begin Friday and end Jan. 26, with a public hearing set for Jan. 17 at Dickinson State University.

The company still needs a state water permit.


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