- North Dakota Governor
- John HoevenSenator
- Kevin CramerRepresentative
- Heidi HeitkampSenator
- Terrry Dwelle M.D., M.P.H.T.M. State Health OfficerNorth Dakota State Health Officer, ND State Health Dept.
- Chuck HyattAir Quality Monitoring
- Doug BurgumGovernor
Protect Theodore Roosevelt National Park From Oil Refinery Complex
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The National Park Service, National Parks Conservation Association and Coalition to Protect America's National Parks oppose what is perceived as a direct threat to Theodore Roosevelt National Park's Class 1 Air Quality Standards, water quality and image.
The Meridian Energy Group has convinced North Dakota's elected officials to rezone more than 725 acres of farmland, located off the eastern border of TRNP's southern unit, to industrial use in order to house their proposed petroleum refinery, a pipeline to this refinery and a BNSF loading terminal.
Pictured above is a view of the proposed refinery site from within TRNP southern border, upon Buck Hill. A view many visitors of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota's top tourist site and favorite destination of Teddy himself, enjoy. The only thing keeping smoke stacks from billowing within this view is a final approval from the North Dakota Department of Health. An approval Meridian is confidet in recieving within "120-150 days."
The NPS, the CPANP and NPCA not only appose the construction because it would threaten TRNP's Class 1 Air Quality Standard, which is protected under the Clean Air Act. They also fear the refinery, along with the industrialization of the area, will destroy the atmosphere the park offers. Truck traffic will also increase, most certainly adding to traffic accidents and other dangerous situations. In turn, they say it will likely effect the image, feel and visitation of the park in a negative way.
Please join these organizations and many others in standing up to Meridian Energy. Stop this refinery in its tracks before it's too late!
- North Dakota State Health Officer, ND State Health Dept.
Terrry Dwelle M.D., M.P.H.T.M. State Health Officer
- Air Quality Monitoring
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the state of North Dakota's top tourist attraction. The fact that Billings County officials have approved a proposed oil refinery on the outskirts of the park is both baffling and appalling. Not only does it jeopardize profits, it tarnishes the the landscape and the image of North Dakota. Tourists travel to National Parks to enjoy nature. They want to be far away from anything industrial. No tourist is going to enjoy seeing plumes of smoke billowing over the horizon while hiking the bluffs of the badlands. I don't doubt there are plenty of other places the refinery could be built within the state that would not adulterize the landscape that Theodore Roosevelt held so dear. The environmental risks to the park are far too great. Don't leave things to chance. Think of TRNP's image and the environmental impact for years to come. Please do the right thing and stop it before it's too late! Tell the Meridian Energy Group to find another location! Protect the natural beauty of the landscape for generations to come!
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