MDU to hold meetings on western ND diesel refineryMDU Resources Group Inc. has slated two informational meetings to discuss its proposed $325 million diesel refinery near Dickinson.
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — MDU Resources Group Inc. has slated two informational meetings to discuss its proposed $325 million diesel refinery near Dickinson.
The Bismarck-based company scheduled meetings for Wednesday at the school in South Heart and for Thursday at Badlands Activities Center in Dickinson.
MDU has proposed building a refinery that would produce up to 10,000 barrels of diesel per day. The company said earlier this month that it hopes to make a decision within two months about whether to move forward on the project, which could be completed in 2014.
Some area officials have expressed concerns about carbon dioxide emissions, odors and additional traffic. MDU still must get zoning approval from Stark County for the project.
MDU said the plant would employ 100 people and help meet the region's unprecedented demand for diesel, which is being fueled by North Dakota's booming oil patch.
The plant would be a so-called diesel topping facility, or sort of a mini-refinery. A major refinery has not been built in the United States since the mid-1970s.
North Dakota has only one oil refinery, Tesoro Corp.'s facility in Mandan.