Thirty miles west of Dickinson, North Dakota, just outside of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Meridian Energy Group is planning to build an oil refinery, called the
Some environmentalists, residents, and landowners do not want a refinery to be built so close to the National Park. Some people don’t care either way. Some people think that this would be wonderful because of the jobs that would be created and the boost to the local economy that would occur.
Not all aspects of the permitting process for the Davis Refinery have been going quickly or smoothly. The Air Quality Permit review process conducted by the North Dakota Department of Health looks like it is going to end up taking more than a year to complete. One other possible hold up, could have been the “Siting Permit”.
In North Dakota, if a refinery is expected to have the production capacity of 50,000 barrels per day or more, a “Siting Permit” is required. The Siting Permit review process is conducted by the North Dakota Public Service Commission. Part of this permit review process involves public input, at public hearings.
In order for the Davis Refinery project to not have any further delays due to permitting, the refinery developer, Meridian Energy Group, has decided to set its refinery production capacity at 27,500 barrels per day, thus avoiding the requirement for a “Siting Permit” and review by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.
A recent Dickinson Press newspaper article dated December 19, 2017, features a headline photograph of Meridian Energy Group CEO, William Prentice. William Prentice voluntarily attended a public information gathering meeting at the State Capitol Building in Bismarck, where North Dakota Public Service Commission members asked him questions.
From the photograph of William Prentice, CEO of Meridian Energy Group, and his smooth, polished, measured, and calculated answers to questions, he kind of reminded me of a villain out of a James Bond movie.
At first, I was thinking that William Prentice reminded me of the character “Mr. White” in the James Bond films “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace”. He does, he does remind me of “Mr. White”, but there was one other character that he reminded me of.
I had to think for a while, but the movie villain who William Prentice most reminds me of, is the character “Victor Maitland” from the the 1984 movie “Beverly Hills Cop”. This actor who played “Victor Maitlalnd”, also played the James Bond villain “General Orlov” in the 1983 movie “Octopussy”.
Here is a quote from the character “Victor Maitland”:
“Now listen to me, my tough little friend. I don’t know from under what stone you crawled, or where you get these ridiculous ideas about me, but it seems painfully obvious you haven’t the slightest fucking idea who you’re dealing with. Now, my advice to you is crawl back to your little stone in Detroit, before you get squashed. Okay?”
Just for fun, it would have been funny to see William Prentice recite the above paragraph in response to one of the questions from the Public Service Commission at the public meeting in Bismarck at the Capitol. Not only would it have been funny, maybe they would quit holding up his permits.
Anyway, since we have got William Prentice in this area now, we can have our own James Bond movie. A working title for this movie is “Prime Meridian” though I don’t know if this will be the final title in the end.
Since I am involved in writing, casting, location, filming, production, and budget, in order to save time and money, I am going to enlist actual real people to play many of the parts, and incorporate actual real places in the scenes.
William Prentice can play the role of “Mr. White”, part of the secretive organization Quantum, as well as a high ranking member of the Spectre organization.
Ordinarily, I would have had a hard time writing some plot scenario where agent 007 James Bond would come to Belfield, or even Dickinson, however, once British Intelligence MI5 finds out that “Mr. White” is building a refinery, the Davis Refinery, James Bond will certainly need to come to western North Dakota.
An essential part of any James Bond movie, are the “Bond Girls” and “Femme Fatales”. Upon mentally reviewing my blog post “List Of Attractive Women In Dickinson”, which I continually update, I am relieved to say that I have enough attractive and alluring women.
I have thought this all out, and in order for this movie to be a success, some of the women on my list of attractive women, are really going to have to make some of these scenes memorable and unforgettable. This starts, by not being difficult, if this is at all possible. This means, not complaining about the writing and the scenes that I am putting you in.
I will tell more about what is going to happen in future blog posts.