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Published December 11, 2013, 07:41 PM

Concern grows over a proposed Devils Lake oil refinery

A proposed Devils Lake oil refinery that would handle 20,000 barrels a day and bring 50 to 100 jobs is being met with some concerns in the Lake Region. The company, American Energy Holdings is hoping to build the refinery within the next two years. But city leaders say that may not be a realistic goal.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

A proposed Devils Lake oil refinery that would handle 20,000 barrels a day and bring 50 to 100 jobs is being met with some concerns in the Lake Region. The company, American Energy Holdings is hoping to build the refinery within the next two years. But city leaders say that may not be a realistic goal.

Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson says there is a lot of ground to cover before the project can move forward. The talks for a refinery started a year ago, it was then left alone, and has recently picked up again this past week. Johnson says he's excited to move forward -- but wants to take it slow. He's unaware how the refinery will affect the environment, and says it's a deal-breaker if it hurts tourism or fishing in the area.

Dick Johnson said, "This fishery is too valuable to our community and it creates a good quality of living here and it brings people in."

Johnson says he wants the nearly 100 jobs the refinery would bring in to be filled by local people, not those from elsewhere.

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