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After big splash, not a trickle of news about new Billings refinery plans

More than a month after floating plans for a new oil refinery in Billings, Arizona-based Quantum Energy hasn’t been in touch with Yellowstone County commissioners.

Commissioner John Ostlund said he hasn’t heard from Quantum since Aug. 19, when CEO Andrew Kacic said Quantum wowed commissioners with talk of a $500 million Billings refinery to convert Bakken crude into diesel fuel. At the time, Kacic said Quantum would be revealing a potential refinery site a few days after his meeting with commissioners.

The announcement never came, and within days of Kacic’s meeting with county commissioners, court documents surfaced indicating Kacic had in the past run substantial personal expenses through his other businesses.

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Calls to Quantum Chairman Stanley F. Wilson were not returned Thursday.

The Big Sky Economic Development Authority, which normally vets large commercial project proposed in Yellowstone County, also confirmed no contact with Quantum since August.

Quantum had indicated plans to build five “micro-refineries” in Montana and North Dakota, each with a $500 million price tag and possibly 150 employees.

On its website, Quantum indicates it has a two-year option for a 144-acre refinery site near Fairview. The company also reports it has a three-year option on land near Baker.

 

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