DAVIS REFINERY

The site of the Davis Refinery, southwest of Belfield, was posted with a sign as shown on July 31. 

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has scheduled a work session next week to discuss the complaint against Meridian Energy for the Davis Refinery.

The work session, which is open to the public, is at 2 p.m. Monday in the Public Service Commission hearing room on the 12th floor of the state Capitol. The session will be broadcast live at psc.nd.gov.

The agenda states the PSC will discuss an administrative law judge’s recommendation to dismiss a complaint against Meridian Energy filed by the Dakota Resource Council and the Environmental Law & Policy Center.

The groups argue the Davis Refinery being constructed about 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park should receive a permit from the Public Service Commission. An administrative law judge recommends the complaint be dismissed because Meridian plans to construct a refinery to process 49,500 barrels per day, which is 500 barrels under the threshold for PSC jurisdiction.

Commission Chairman Randy Christmann said he anticipates the three-member commission will discuss the complaint, Meridian’s response and the judge’s recommendation and wait to take final action until a formal PSC meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Sept. 26.

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(Reach Amy Dalrymple at 701-250-8267 or Amy.Dalrymple@bismarcktribune.com)

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