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HELENA — An Idaho company has dropped plans to seek a permit for a feasibility study of a power plant in prime wildlife habitat near Townsend.

Gridflex Energy CEO Matthew Shapiro tells the Independent Record that his company notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday that it decided to pull the application for a preliminary permit to study the project's potential.

The Boise, Idaho-based company was looking at building a power plant with upper and lower reservoirs to generate electricity that would be fed into the proposed Mountain States Transmission Intertie power line.

The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the Elkhorn Working Group all argued the project wasn't an appropriate use of land in the Elkhorn Wildlife Management Unit.

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