The expansion of Europe's transportation network has exacerbated the conflict between the need for development and the need for environmental conservation. One clear example of this tension lies in the debate over Poland's proposed E67 highway bypass. This bypass would extend through the EU-protected Rospuda valley in northeastern Poland, which is home to lynx, wolves, and over 20 species of rare birds. Since the valley is on the EU's Natura 2000 list of endangered habitats, which aspires to maintain biodiversity in fragile ecosystems, the European Union has fined Poland and forced the country to halt construction at a preliminary stage. However, the suspension of work on route E67 is detrimental for both Poland and the EU.