Land Trust Application Approved for Proposed Refinery| 10/10/2012
"Today`s action is an important step in the Three Affiliated Tribes` proposal to develop the MHA Nation Clean Fuels refinery," said Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn, who approved the application as one of his first acts in office. "Approving the land into trust status will allow the Tribes to continue their work to develop the facility in a safe and responsible way that brings increased economic opportunity and employment to their people and to North Dakota."
The Tribes requested that Bureau of Indian Affairs accept a 469-acre piece of property into trust, with a proposed refinery on about 190 acres. Future federal permitting and oversight will be handled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.