- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

SANDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An investment group is exploring the possibility of locating an oil refinery and natural gas power plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Marquette County Board Chairman Gerald Corkin tells The Mining Journal of Marquette (https://bit.ly/1wjImqS ) that there’s “a lot of homework to be done” on the Bison Energy concept that’s being considered for Marquette County’s Sands Township.

Corkin says a company involved with the group is set to begin a multi-phased due diligence effort investigating the development’s feasibility. He says he attended a session held last month with Bison Energy representatives, other county officials and township officials.

Vikki Kulju, executive director of Telkite Enterprises, arranged the session and says that the feasibility study is expected to take eight months to complete. Officials say they hope to make a decision in September about whether the idea will move forward.

Kulju says a community advisory committee will be created as the process continues. He says the refinery and plant at this point are “a business model” and “a concept at best.” She says there’s “a long way to go before it becomes a project” and community involvement is key.


Information from: The Mining Journal, https://www.miningjournal.net

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