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Company Disputes Complaint over Refinery by National Park

The new oil refinery is being built several miles east of this overlook at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The new oil refinery is being built several miles east of this overlook at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. |  Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV, file

BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press
Created: August 09, 2018 02:20 PM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The company planning to build an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota is asking state regulators to dismiss a complaint filed over the site.

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Meridian Energy Group argues the Public Service Commission has no authority to wade into the dispute over the $800 million Davis Refinery.

The Environmental Law and Policy Center and Dakota Resource Council in June filed a complaint maintaining Meridian needs a site permit because the refinery's capacity of 55,000 barrels per day is above the threshold of 50,000 barrels in state law that triggers a PSC review. The groups cited a number Meridian has previously stated.

Meridian attorney Lawrence Bender says those statements are outdated. The company's current plan is a refinery processing 27,500 barrels daily, with room for expansion up to 49,500 barrels.

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BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

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