Pipeline Maintenance Affects Rare Turtle

By KBJR News 1

Pipeline Maintenance Affects Rare Turtle

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM CDT

(NNCNOW.com)-- Pipeline maintenance in Douglas County could be affecting a threatened species that lives in the area.

A group of Blanding's turtles has made its home near the Bluff Creek waterway in Douglas County.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says that maintenance work on an existing oil pipeline, owned and operated by Enbridge Energy near the waterway could cause the incidental take of the turtles.

The DNR says that refers to the unintentional loss of an individual threatened animal that doesn't put the overall population at risk.

Those speaking for Enbridge Energy say they are working with the DNR to solve this problem.

"We'll put up some fencing to keep the turtle away from our construction workers, from the excavation site. That will mitigate any harm that would come to it," said Becky Haase with Enbridge Energy.