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Associated Press, Published September 11 2009

Officials discuss Fort Berthold reservation refinery

NEW TOWN, N.D. – Fort Berthold reservation residents want to learn more about a proposed oil refinery.

About 50 people attended a Wednesday night hearing in New Town to listen to federal officials discuss an environmental impact report.

The cost of the proposed 13,000-barrel refinery is estimated at nearly $300 million. It would process oil from Canadian tar sands, at a site near Makoti.

Officials estimate 15,000 gallons of water would be discharged daily, eventually going into Lake Sakakawea.

Kandi Mossett of New Town, a campus organizer, said the tribe has no environmental department to monitor the refinery, and she worries about pollution.

Tony Mandan, a tribal elder, said he would like to see the reservation’s own oil, not Canadian oil, refined there. He also wanted to hear environmental information.

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