North Dakota OKs refinery construction near national park

Associated Press |

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department has issued a permit allowing construction of an oil refinery about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

State Air Quality Director Terry O'Clair says officials conducted a 1½-year review and determined the refinery won't negatively impact the park.

Davis Refinery developer Meridian Energy Group says the decision "validates" work the company has done ensuring it will be "the cleanest refinery on the planet."

Several national and regional conservation groups doubt that and have actively opposed the project. Badlands Conservation Alliance Executive Director Jan Swenson calls it "a pretty sad day for the state of North Dakota."

The project still needs state water and wastewater permits, and will need to prove once it's built that it meets air quality standards.

DISCLOSURE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, and do not represent the views of equities.com. Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions. To read our full disclosure, please go to: http://www.equities.com/disclaimer

Comments

Emerging Growth

Radient Technologies Inc.

Radient Technologies Inc is engaged in research, development and commercialization of environmentally responsible technology for the extraction, isolation and purification of soluble products from a wide range of materials using…