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WILLISTON -- The need for power in oil-producing counties is projected to grow more than 1,000 megawatts by 2025, but a proposed transmission line to deliver that electricity is drawing environmental and cultural concerns.

The Public Service Commission held a third and final hearing Thursday in Williston on Basin Electric Power Cooperative's proposed 197-mile transmission line to meet the power demands in the Oil Patch.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.