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Rare spider puts halt to pipeline project
upi ^ | Feb. 26, 2013

Posted on 02/27/2013 9:41:56 AM PST by JoeProBono

SAN ANTONIO, - Construction of a Texas water pipeline was halted due to the discovery of the same spider that halted a highway project.

The San Antonio Water System said construction of the six-mile pipeline was halted with less than 1,500 feet to go when a Texas Department of Transportation crew working on a different project uncovered a cave containing the endangered Braken Bat Cave meshweaver spider, a federally protected species, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.

SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden said the spider, which also caused construction at Loop 1604 and Texas 151 to be halted, has left the future of the water pipeline uncertain.

"All of this is still up in the air," Hayden said.

Josh Donat, spokesman for the Department of Transportation's San Antonio office, said officials are redesigning the underpass project to allow it to continue.

However, SAWS officials said it could take years for the pipeline project to get back on track since obtaining a permit to carry out construction in an area inhabited by an endangered species could take two years.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: endangeredspecies; spiders

1 posted on 02/27/2013 9:42:00 AM PST by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 02/27/2013 9:43:34 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: JoeProBono

seems to me it is not as rare as they think!


3 posted on 02/27/2013 9:46:04 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: JoeProBono

just because no one has ever seen one before, doesn’t make it rare... or endangered. the world is a very big place, and this proves its vastness. keep the spider alive in a jar until after construction, and then release it back, i am sure it will be ok.

sheesh.

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4 posted on 02/27/2013 9:47:30 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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5 posted on 02/27/2013 9:48:10 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

i guess the sign could’ve been worse... leaving off the l instead of the b

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6 posted on 02/27/2013 9:48:49 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: JoeProBono

Can folks escape the death penalty by claiming to be an endangered species since their DNA is unique?


7 posted on 02/27/2013 9:51:22 AM PST by fruser1
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To: JoeProBono

S S S

Squish, shovel, and shut up


8 posted on 02/27/2013 9:51:44 AM PST by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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To: JoeProBono

Sort of reminds me of the endangered owl who was later discovered nesting inside the “a” at the local Wal-Mart . . . even though there were plenty of trees nearby which could not be used because they were supposedly the only places where the owl would nest.


9 posted on 02/27/2013 9:51:53 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: JoeProBono

Using eminent domain to seize private property = good. Using a bulldozer to disturb a rare spider nest = bad


10 posted on 02/27/2013 9:52:01 AM PST by GSWarrior (Do you think Jack White and Jack Black get along?)
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To: JoeProBono

OMG! The crap just goes on and on and on and on...........


11 posted on 02/27/2013 9:54:24 AM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: JoeProBono
SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden said the spider, which also caused construction at Loop 1604 and Texas 151 to be halted, has left the future of the water pipeline uncertain.

Braken Cave is about 20 miles away from that intersection. If that spider is so endangered, how does it manage to have populations so far apart?

The Texas Hill Country is riddled with caves, most of which are unknown until construction stumbles upon them (that's how they found Inner Space cave up in Georgetown, for just one well-known example). So-called endangered cave species probably are quite plentiful in those undiscovered caves. But they make for a handy method for enviro-nuts to hold up development.

12 posted on 02/27/2013 9:54:40 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: JoeProBono

If I ever encountered an endangered spider while building something like this I would simply kill the spiders as quickly as possible. The environmental and endangered species laws have become so unreasonable that I bet that is what a lot of people do. More species are probably being killed off because people don’t want to deal with the government halting their projects for years on end. If the government were reasonable, I think most people would like to go out of their way to protect things like this.


13 posted on 02/27/2013 9:58:10 AM PST by Longbow1969
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
It's just the usual attempts of the US leftists (America's 'enemy within') to halt production, exert their power and to penalize states that don't bow down to their leftist agenda. Any time the federal government has the power to do that....since they can declare 'anything' an ""endangered species"".... it's just a short step away from real tyranny. And I hate to point this out (the rather obvious)....but with the Obama regime in power....we are already "there".
14 posted on 02/27/2013 9:59:38 AM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: teeman8r

Dam, how did I do that?


15 posted on 02/27/2013 10:00:17 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: teeman8r

I call it squash with my foot. End of problem.


16 posted on 02/27/2013 10:00:45 AM PST by o_zarkman44 ("When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: JoeProBono

That stupid spider is everywhere around here and costantly putting stops/ delays to projects which then cost thousands to get permits and research.
Projects all over the place.
That thing stops highways, bridges, malls, housing. Ridiculous.
Time to reclassify that critter and just step on him next time.


17 posted on 02/27/2013 10:02:21 AM PST by sunny48
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When will these contractors learn to just run them over with the bulldozer, not tell a soul, and continue on?!?


18 posted on 02/27/2013 10:03:06 AM PST by apillar
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To: JoeProBono
halted due to the discovery of the same spider that halted a highway project.

Somebody should have stepped on it when they first had the chance........

19 posted on 02/27/2013 10:04:44 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (God bless you Tommy and thank you for your service: http://swiftboats.org/tribute/tribute.html)
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20 posted on 02/27/2013 10:06:06 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: JoeProBono

This oppressive government has no problem throwing farmers off land their families homesteaded a hundred years ago, but if a EPA-protected spider or minnow showa up, huge water projects that benefit thousands of people are halted. This is crazy.


21 posted on 02/27/2013 10:10:53 AM PST by txrefugee
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Who found the spider there? I'm sure the diggers are not enviro whackos.
Sounds like a nanny leftist poking around where they don't belong.

Want to protect jobs, keep the area locked down with armed security.

22 posted on 02/27/2013 10:13:27 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: JoeProBono

Very interesting spider, amazing the translucent features, truly an amazing animal. OK, well, now that’s done - get a can of Raid, kill it, and go back to building a water pipeline for HUMAN BEINGS.


23 posted on 02/27/2013 10:14:05 AM PST by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
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To: JoeProBono

HELP ME!
HELP ME!
HELP ME!
HELP ME!

....NOoooooooo....

24 posted on 02/27/2013 10:22:26 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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25 posted on 02/27/2013 10:28:28 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Insanity!


26 posted on 02/27/2013 10:33:50 AM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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27 posted on 02/27/2013 10:42:35 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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“If I ever encountered an endangered spider while building something like this I would simply kill the spiders as quickly as possible...”

Ding, Ding, Ding!


28 posted on 02/27/2013 10:50:59 AM PST by FAA
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To: JoeProBono

As I said at the time and I’m still saying - this was all a set up. When you’re on a bull dozer, you’re not looking for a tiny little spider.


29 posted on 02/27/2013 10:52:31 AM PST by bgill
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Please...if this is a union job, the workers are all for having the project streched out that much more, since they are getting paid for it.

Union Motto: 'Don't Kill The Job'

30 posted on 02/27/2013 11:05:05 AM PST by Fedupwithit (You gave him what he wanted. I gave him what he needed.)
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MMMM...fried spider in batter....with arugula salad......yummy.


31 posted on 02/27/2013 11:08:19 AM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: JoeProBono
Hey, youse. Fer the price of a plane ticket, a rolled-up newspaper, and 10 large, I can make yer spider problem disappear.

Forgettaboutit.

32 posted on 02/27/2013 11:20:37 AM PST by wbill
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To: JoeProBono
Construction of a Texas water pipeline was halted due to the discovery of the same spider that halted a highway project

That Luddite spider needs killing.

33 posted on 02/28/2013 1:07:26 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (I think, therefore I am what I yam, and that's all I yam - "Popeye" Descartes)
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To: JoeProBono

Squash them and shut up!!!


34 posted on 02/28/2013 2:15:22 AM PST by dalereed
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To: MaxMax
Who found the spider there? I'm sure the diggers are not enviro whackos.
Sounds like a nanny leftist poking around where they don't belong.

My money's on the whacko bringing the spider to the construction site in a jar, then "discovering" it.

35 posted on 02/28/2013 2:47:35 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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