Bumblebee Protections May Sting Many Industry Sectors

March 10, 2017, 11:00 AM

Developers, farmers, oil and gas companies, electric utilities and others may need to take steps soon to avoid harming an endangered bumblebee but say they are not sure how to go about it.

Those worries have led industry associations to ask Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to delay protections of the rusty patched bumblebee to next year to allow time for sorting out the basic details of how to find and avoid the insect.

Something as basic as vegetation control along the side of a farm field or setting the route of a natural gas pipeline or an electric transmission line ...

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