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Utility regulators say powerless to stop ploy to avoid oversight of refinery planned near NP

North Dakota utility regulators agreed Wednesday that plans for an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park are out of their hands.

The Public Service Commission dismissed a complaint filed by environmental groups challenging Meridian Energy Group’s plans for a Billings County refinery in western North Dakota. In a unanimous decision, the commissioners sided with an administrative law judge’s recommendation issued last month.

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