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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Interior-Bureau of Indian Affairs have completed the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation’ Proposed “Clean Fuels Refinery” on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near Makoti in North Dakota. The proposed 13,000 bpd facility would refine synthetic crude oil from Canadian oil sands into gasoline, diesel fuels, and propane. Synthetic crude feedstock would be supplied via an already existing pipeline nearby.

The project would also grow forage for buffalo.

Publication of the final EIS on August 28 initiated a 30-day waiting period that would have ended September 28. In response to requests for additional time to review the final EIS, EPA and the Department of Interior have agreed to extend the wait period an additional 30 days or until October 28.

The federal agencies are accepting comments during the wait period, after which they can make their decisions on the proposed federal actions.

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The final EIS and Response to Comments are available on the Web at: http://www.epa.gov/region8/compliance /nepa.

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