- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota regulators tasked with considering whether to approve construction of a proposed oil pipeline that would run through the state have scheduled a two-week evidentiary hearing for this fall.

South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson says the commission will take input from parties involved with the Dakota Access Pipeline at the end of September and beginning of October.

Dakota Access LLC wants to build the 1,100-mile pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. About 270 miles of the pipeline would be in eastern South Dakota.

Landowners opposed to the project say they have environmental concerns.

Nelson tells the American News in Aberdeen (https://bit.ly/1CIs5Td ) the Public Utilities Commission will review the evidence gathered at the hearing and decide by mid-December whether to approve a construction permit.

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