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DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Several North Dakota residents are voicing air quality concerns about a proposed rail facility expansion near the state’s only national park.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that attendees at a Wednesday hearing in Dickinson urged health regulators to deny a permit for Andeavor to expand its Fryburg Rail Terminal to load natural gas liquids in addition to crude oil.

The terminal didn’t draw controversy when originally permitted in 2012, but is now raising concerns because it’s located by the proposed Davis Refinery near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Residents question the impact on the park’s air quality from multiple industrial facilities and oil wells in the area.

Division of Air Quality representatives say they’re ensuring the state stays within ambient air quality standards.

Public comment ends June 6.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune,