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'Very real' tension between grid operators, state regulators on display in Ark. siting case

For almost a year, a utility's plans to build a 50-mile transmission line that would cut a 150-foot-wide swath through the scenic Ozark Mountains has roiled northwest Arkansas. But the dispute over the siting of the $123 million high-voltage line, requested by the region's grid operator to bolster reliability and avoid potential outages, has become supercharged in the weeks since an Arkansas judge selected a route that cuts through neighboring Missouri.

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