Refineries need a lot of water. Initially, Meridian Energy Group Inc. said the proposed Davis Refinery could use "up to 100 gallons" of water per minute. The application submitted to the North Dakota Water Commission for the water appropriation permit is 400 gallons of water per minute. The proposed refinery is sited to be built three miles from North Dakota's only national park, a park known for its iconic Badlands formations.
The North Dakota Industrial Commission met this week to once again discuss proposed oil and gas rules for underground gathering pipelines, bonding for saltwater gathering lines and requirements for dikes and berms. The rules were passed earlier this year, but they hit a wall when they reached the Legislature's Administrative Rules Committee in September. Why would we want to stall the process for pipeline and well-pad safety when we have controversy surrounding pipelines coming out of North Dakota?