US Native American tribes push for North Dakota refinery

11 October 2012 23:05  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--An American Indian group has received one of several necessary approvals to build a crude oil refinery in North Dakota, a US regulatory agency said on Wednesday.

Proposed by the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, the refinery would be the first one to be built in the US in over 30 years, the US Department of the Interior (DOI) said.

The federal agency’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved a “land-into-trust” application for a 469-acre property from the tribes consisting of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) people.

The tribes plan to use 190 acres for the MHA National Clean Fuels Refinery, the DOI said. The 130,000 bbl/day facility would refine Bakken Formation crude oil into diesel fuel, propane and naptha products for the US market.

The remaining property would be used to feed the tribes’ buffalo herd, the federal agency said.

The project will still require future permits and oversight from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administraiton (OSHA).

Following public review and comment, an environmental impact statement was issued in August 2009, the DOI said. The EPA issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit for the refinery in August 2011.

By: Tracy Dang
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