MDU close to decision on building diesel refineryMDU Resources Group Inc. hopes to make a decision within two months on whether to move forward with a proposed diesel refinery near Dickinson in western North Dakota's booming oil patch.
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — MDU Resources Group Inc. hopes to make a decision within two months on whether to move forward with a proposed diesel refinery near Dickinson in western North Dakota's booming oil patch.
The Bismarck-based company also plans public informational meetings May 30 at the school in South Heart and May 31 at Badlands Activities Center in Dickinson.
“We are hoping, if our studies all come together within the next six to eight weeks, to really be able to say with a high amount of confidence that we are going forward,” said John Stumpf, MDU vice president of strategic planning. “It's time now to be active and communicate and engage the community.”
The refinery could cost up to $325 million. It would operate nonstop, producing 10,000 barrels of diesel and kerosene daily. It would employ 100 people and help meet demand for diesel in the region, Stumpf said.
Some area officials have concerns about carbon dioxide emissions, odors and additional traffic, according to The Dickinson Press (http://bit.ly/Mki56s ).
“We can't stand hardly any more traffic through South Heart,” Mayor Floyd Hurt said. “It's terrible right now.”
MDU will need to get zoning approval from Stark County for the project if the energy, mining and construction company decides to move forward.
North Dakota has only one oil refinery, Tesoro Corp.'s facility in Mandan.