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Regulators to decide on Dakota Access pipeline

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota regulators are expected to decide Monday whether to grant a construction permit for a pipeline that will cross through the state as it carries North Dakota oil to Illinois.

The 1,130-mile Dakota Access Pipeline proposed by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners would move at least 450,000 barrels of crude daily from the Bakken oil patch in western North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a hub in Patoka, Illinois.

It needs approval in all four states. The Argus Leader reports that South Dakota's Public Utilities Commission held a public hearing on the project in late September and early October.

Supporters of the project say it will create jobs, help with energy security and more safely transport oil. Opponents worry about possible harm to the environment and wildlife.

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