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Midcontinent Express Pipeline ROW

August 21, 2008 – The Oklahoma Field Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a concurrence with KBA’s August 2008 American Burying Beetle survey report for the Midcontinent Express Pipeline ROW project in Bryan County, Oklahoma.  Earlier that month, KBA’s survey in Red River, Lamar, and Fannin Counties in Texas was approved by the Arlington Field Office. KBA performed a Presence-Absence Survey for the American Burying Beetle, a federally endangered species, in a proposed natural gas pipeline ROW.  KBA performed the survey under a USFWS permit by USFWS protocol.   The survey involved baiting, trapping, marking, and releasing carrion-eating beetles.   Several burying beetle species were captured, but the endangered American burying beetle was determined to not be present in the ROW.  KBA concluded that it was unlikely that the American Burying Beetle is present in the immediate vicinity of the construction area. 

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