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1st U.S. refinery in 40 years shows shale energy impact

By Jim Mackinnon Published: April 12, 2013

The first new U.S. oil refinery to be built in nearly 4 decades is going up in North Dakota, the center of Bakken shale production, the online news site Quartz says.

But the small refinery is going to be used for something unique to the area: To make diesel fuel for all of the trucks needed to transport the shale liquids pulled from deep underground, Quartz reports.

Steve LeVine writes: "Three additional refineries are on the drawing board in the state. What makes them different, apart from the conveniently available supply of available crude oil, is their size, which does not require the normal enormous outlay of cash, and mobility—they can be moved should another locale, even very far away, prove more profitable."

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