Protect bats, wetlands on pipeline route: Report

by Ernie Garcia for LoHud

Westchester County officials should ask for surveys of bats, wetlands and amphibians along the route of a natural gas pipeline proposed for expansion.

Those were some of the suggestions made by representatives of the nonprofit Hudsonia institute, who delivered a report to Westchester County officials Wednesday on the biodiversity near the Algonquin pipeline right of way.

Erik Kiviat, the report’s author, also said legislators might ask for pre-construction protection measures for butterflies, dragonflies and vernal pool amphibians.

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