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Associated Press, Published June 30 2012

North Dakota tribal refinery gets final permit approval

MAKOTI, N.D. — The Three Affiliated Tribes has received the final permit approval for its plan to build an oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation in northwest North Dakota.

The Minot Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/NgsXgW ) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday approved a permit for the discharge of water.

Tex Hall, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, said the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation can now move forward to build the Thunder Butte Refinery west of Makoti. He says the next step is to get a pipeline that will move oil and gas from the west side of the Missouri River to the refinery site east of the river.

Hall says the refinery would refine crude oil from North Dakota for use on the reservation and elsewhere.