WORK IS UNDER WAY It's been a long time coming, but work is under way on the Three Affiliated Tribes' refinery project near Makoti. Site preparation work has begun for construction of the transload facililty, the first phase of the refinery. The transload facility is scheduled to be completed by June. The entire refinery project is expected to cost approximately $450 million. The facility would refine crude oil from the Bakken formation into diesel fuel, propane and other products. The project has been in the works for roughly a decade as it wound its way through a long series of federal permits and other processes. We're glad to finally see actual work being done at the site.