When Dakota Oil Processing applied for an air quality permit for a refinery to extract diesel from Bakken crude oil, not one person made a comment to air quality regulators.
So far, that exact same number of zero has commented on yet another diesel refinery in North Dakota, this one planned by a partnership of MDU Resources and Calumet Specialty Products.
Dakota Oil Processing now has a permit for a facility near Trenton, south of Williston, and the public comment period for a MDU-Calumet refinery permit near Dickinson ends at the close of day Monday.
Craig Thorstenson, environmental engineer for the state Health Department’s Division of Air Quality, said one person inquired, but no one had yet commented on the refinery’s air quality permit application late Thursday.
Two of the state’s high profile environmental groups say it’s not likely they will, either.