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Though lawsuits pending, company starts site work at proposed refinery near Theodore Roosevelt NP

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Meridian Energy Group said Tuesday that it has begun site work for an oil refinery about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, though the project still faces hurdles, including a lawsuit by environmental groups.

Meridian said it hired St. Paul, Minnesota-based SEH Design/Build Inc. to oversee such work as grading land, installing erosion control devices and developing storm water ponds. Work got underway Monday, according to company spokesman Adam Williams.