Devils Lake considered for oil refinery site

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2013 at 6:05 am •  Published: December 12, 2013

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — The mayor of Devils Lake says area officials and residents want more information about a possible oil refinery in the northeastern North Dakota city.

Devils Lake is considered a world-class fishery, and Mayor Dick Johnson says area residents want to make sure there's no possible environmental harm from a refinery.

Michigan-based American Energy Holdings is considering Devils Lake for a $250 million refinery to process oil from western North Dakota's Bakken oil patch. Devils Lake economic development leader Rachel Lindstrom says plans are preliminary, and Johnson says there would be public meetings before the city would agree to any incentives.

North Dakota's only oil refinery is the Tesoro facility in Mandan. The Three Affiliated Tribes have broken ground for another refinery near Makoti, in the northwestern part of the state.

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