After 4.5 hours of presentations, public and commission questions, and comments from the public, the Billings County Commission moved unanimously on July 6, 2016 to approve a zoning change for the proposed Meridian Davis Refinery. Comments from the public were evenly divided between those who favored and those who opposed approval of the proposed location and zoning change. Neither the county commission nor the company showed any interest in seeking an alternative location which might satisfy concerns with industrial siting next to the National Park as well as provide jobs and county tax revenue desired by area communities.Read More
Billings County Commission at their June 7 meeting again delayed a decision on Meridian Energy Group’s application for a proposed refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park.Read More
The Meridian application for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park is again on the Billings County Commission agenda. This time for Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 9 am MT at the Billings County Courthouse in Medora.Read More
Today is Earth Day 2016.
A Fargo Forum editorial questions North Dakota's dedication to our environment. Meridian Energy's application for a zoning change in Billings County to allow for a greenfield refinery just off the southeast boundary of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Board. Meanwhile, Theodore Roosevelt National Park itself is one of 16 National Parks honored by the US Postal Service in its new stamp celebration of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial.
Go figure.Read More
The Billings County Planning and Zoning Committee will be considering Meridian's zoning change application - from agricultural to industrial - this Thursday, April 21, at 1 PM MT. BCA staff will be in attendance and members living in the near vicinity are encouraged to attend and raise concerns about impacts to the Park.Read More