Utility Proposes Butterfly Preserves in Work Deal

National Grid is proposing to create preserves to protect two federally listed butterflies as part of a work permit renewal application.

The Glens Falls Post-Star reports (http://bit.ly/uCKTaw ) that the federal permit would protect the utility from penalties if workers accidently harm endangered Karner blue or at-risk frosted elfin butterflies while performing routine maintenance activities.

Under its agreement with the Fish and Wildlife Service, the company would create a 5-acre sanctuary in Queensbury and a 23-acre preserve in Albany next to the Pine Bush Preserve.

Other mitigation efforts include educating employees, restricting mowing and herbicides, and working with police to keep all-terrain vehicle riders out of sensitive areas.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is taking public comments on National Grid’s proposal until Dec. 19.

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