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Tribes to revamp plans for proposed oil refinery

MAKOTI, N.D.— Leaders with the Three Affiliated Tribes in western North Dakota plan to revise their plan for an oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Tribal chairman Mark Fox said the project, which has been in the works for more than a decade, has been at a standstill while the tribe deals with environmental measures and other procedural items.

Fox said the group needs to define exactly what will be built, what will be produced and how they are going to manage and run it. That information will be correlated with a finance package, the Minot Daily News reported.

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“Even though we know we’re building it and we’re doing some things to prepare for that with the berm, other dirt work and other things that have been done, those will all fit in with what I’ll call our revised plan for development,” Fox said.

The group’s business council and others involved in the project will put together the revised development plan and take it to communities on the reservation, Fox said.

The original plan called for the capacity to process up to 20,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day into diesel fuel and other products, and will create as many as 100 full-time jobs.

The tribes broke ground for the Thunder Butte Petroleum Services project in May 2013. It is planned on land about 2½ miles west of Makoti, in southwest Ward County. It would be the first refinery in the United States in more than 30 years, according to the federal Interior Department.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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