Oil refinery discussed, meeting set for Monday

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson, center, pointed out that there is not a nuclear reactor included in the plans for the proposed oil refinery.

While not on the agenda, Devils Lake city officials discussed a proposed oil refinery Monday evening during the regular meeting of the city commission.

The issue was brought up by a concerned citizen who questioned if the possible project in Devils Lake would include a nuclear reactor.

The refinery, being proposed by Eagles Ledge Energy, LTD, is currently designed to be similar to the newly constructed project in Dickinson. The concerned citizen showed the commission publications that discuss a nuclear reactor at the Dickinson refinery.

City officials noted that they discussed the issue with representatives from the state department of health.

Mayor Dick Johnson pointed out that, through the city's discussions, there is not a nuclear reactor. City engineer Mike Grafsgaard, who had approached the department of health about the issue, stated that he been told that there was no nuclear component at the Dickinson refinery.

"Through my discussions with the department of health, they said that there are no radioactive concerns with the refinery in Dickinson," Grafsgaard noted.

Details on the proposed project in Devils Lake will be discussed during an informational meeting Monday evening  at 6 p.m. in the Robert Fawcett Auditorium at Lake Region State College.

"There will be a presentation and an opportunity for questions and answers," Johnson stated.

In other business, a petition to vacate a portion of property set aside for public use at Brook Street SW was referred back to the planning commission. That particular property has been used as a neighborhood sledding hill in the past and the city commission noted that it should be discussed by the planning commission if that would be impacted by the vacation of the property.