Commission to write letter of support for proposed oil refinery

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Rachel Lindstrom, executive director of Forward Devils Lake, gave a presentation on the proposed oil refinery Monday evening at the city commission meeting. Commission members voted to write a letter of support for the project.

At Monday's regular meeting of the Devils Lake City Commission, commissioners voted unanimously agreed to write a letter of support towards the construction of a clean fuels refinery in the city.

With the motion passing on the recommendation of Forward Devils Lake, the commission will send written communication to Eagles Ledge Energy, LLC noting that it signs off on the Canadian company's initial planning of a refinery.

The plan

Rachel Lindstrom, executive director of Forward Devils Lake, made a presentation discussing the proposal from Eagles Ledge Energy, LLC. She pointed out that officials from the Canadian company contacted the city late this summer about the possibility of a refinery project in Devils Lake.

After researching the company, Lindstrom said that she is confident that Eagles Ledge Energy, LLC has the resources available to complete such a project.

"We have an extremely strong feeling about their financial security to make this kind of a project move forward," she said.

According to the company's plans, the facility would be a 20,000 barrel-per day refinery of clean fuels. There is currently 300 acres of land, secured through auction, located in the Devils Lake industrial park northwest of the city.

Lindstrom said that the refinery, using new technology, would be similar in many ways to the facility in Dickinson scheduled to be online this winter.

It is projected that 100 new positions would be available at the refinery.

Once the engineering and permit phases are complete, the construction and preparation are estimated to take around 24 months, project officials have said.

If the refinery would be built it would be the second facility of its kind constructed in the United States since 1976.

Going forward

With the support of the city, the next step for project officials is to meet with state leaders. A preliminary meeting could happen as soon as next week, Lindstrom stated.

If those discussions are successful and the project has support from the state, a series of educational meetings would be held in Devils Lake.

"I think the informational meetings will be very beneficial and give residents a chance to learn more about the project and ask questions," Tim Heisler, Devils Lake city commissioner, said at the meeting.