Wisconsin DNR warns pipeline work may result in incidental rare species deaths

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: August 31, 2014 - 7:37 AM
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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials say a pipeline construction project could kill members of several threatened and endangered species.

Wisconsin Gas LLC wants to construct a new 74-mile natural gas lateral that would run from an existing pipeline in Eau Claire or Clark County to Tomah. The Department of Natural Resources says the project could result in incidental taking of the threatened prairie leafhopper; the endangered phlox moth; the threatened frosted elfin, a type of butterfly; and the threatened wood turtle.

The agency has determined, however, that the project likely won't jeopardize the species' continued existence and recovery and plans to issue an incidental take authorization.

The agency will take public comments on the authorization through Sept. 9.

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