In a press release first published on the Adirondack Almanack blog, two green groups have announced plans to sue New York state to block the Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake.
“In the last few years APA has become a rogue agency that ignores the law for political ends” said John Caffry of PROTECT!, the lead attorney in the case. “Its rubber-stamp approval of this project, the largest ever to come before it, is only the latest example of this unfortunate trend.”
Protect and the Sierra Club say they’ll file the suit challenging the APA commission’s 10-to-1 vote, along with two neighbors of the massive project.
Some other green leaders, including the Adirondack Council’s Brian Houseal, have questioned whether a suit is appropriate or likely to succeed, noting that the APA spent roughly 7 years reviewing the project.
The move is also certain to spark ire from local government leaders, some state officials, and from lead developers Tom Lawson and Michael Foxman.
But the activists who filed the suit say they can prove that the APA’s review didn’t meet state requirements.
PROTECT!, the Sierra Club and the co-petitioners charge that the APA violated…components of its legal mandate. For example, despite having formally asked the developer to prepare a four-season, comprehensive wildlife study no less than four times, the Agency approved the fragmentation of the undeveloped forest lands without ever having received it. Even more puzzling is the Agency’s approval of the project on the condition that more studies of impacts to wildlife would be done after that approval, rather than beforehand.
NCPR will have more on this story Wednesday during the 8 O’clock Hour. Green groups say they plan to brief the media on their suit Thursday morning at 11 am.