A new pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States threatens to threaten habitat for hundreds of endangered species, including the endangered sage grouse, the country’s largest bird.
A review of the project by The Washington Post shows how the project could have a significant impact on wildlife in the state, including threatened sage groues, the endangered eastern turkey and other migratory birds, and native plants.
The pipeline is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the southernmost part of Montana, where the birds live.
It’s located in a region where the sage groue population has declined over the past two decades.
The Post analysis found that the pipeline crosses some of the most pristine wetlands and grasslands in the Great Plains, and that the oil would likely be released into them.
The study also found that in some cases, the pipeline would create a floodway that could divert water from a stream into a lake.
In the western part of the state where the pipeline will be built, the project is estimated to generate about 200,000 barrels of oil a day.
The project is in the process of being approved for a preliminary environmental review.
The project is currently in a public comment period.