- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

MONKTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont scientist says the stems of about 100 rare flowers were cut and trampled after a contractor removed plants that weren’t in the path of a natural gas pipeline.

Vermont Gas said last week the incident happened in Monkton when contractors were prepping for use of a horizontal direction drill that was supposed to protect the harsh sunflowers by drilling underneath them.

The prepping was for the construction of a 41-mile pipeline between Colchester and Addison County.

A state Fish and Wildlife Department botanist tells The Rutland Herald (https://bit.ly/2az6Ta1 ) the contractor may have used a weedwhacker to clear the plants, which are considered rare or threatened by the state. Some were trampled by footsteps.

He says the destruction represents less than five percent of that area’s population.



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Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/

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