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Pipeline Repairs Require Transplants of Rare Plant

Written By: The ECJ Staff  |  Posted: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

             A section of an oil pipeline running southeast from Superior to Delavan near Madison is in need of repairs near Oliver south of Superior.  Enbridge Pipelines, which manages the pipeline, used its pipeline integrity program to discover a possible problem on a certain section.  Before the inspection and potential repairs were to begin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources discovered a rare species of plant growing in the area known as the small yellow water crowfoot. 

            The plant, which dwells in marshlands and shallow waters near cold springs and brooks, is found throughout the United States and is not on the federal endangered species list.  But the Wisconsin government does consider it endangered.  Therefore, before Enbridge could proceed to check out the problem, it needed permission from the DNR.  According to the DNR, after public notice and a period allowing public comments, the crowfoot plants are to be relocated to a nearby habitat where they will be monitored by the DNR for the following two weeks and over the next summer.  Enbridge will then be allowed to repair the pipeline, following conservation measures that will minimize any adverse effects on the surrounding habitat.

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