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Local officials react to RCPA lawsuit

NORTH CREEK - Last week's news of a lawsuit initiated by the Resident's Committee to Protect the Adirondacks has sparked a considerable debate in the region.

The environmental organization is suing the Adirondack Park Agency, the New York State Olympic Region Development Authority, and the Department of Environmental Conservation in an effort to halt the Gore Mountain Interconnect Project.

The suit seeks an annulment of previous State government approvals awarded to the Gore Mountain Ski Center Intensive Use Area through its extensive Unit Management Plan.

In a copy of the petition obtained by the News Enterprise, the suit specifically calls for "the respondents from undertaking the actions authorized by said amendments which would connect the Gore Mountain Ski Center to the "Ski Bowl Village at Gore Mountain" project on adjoining lands and to the adjoining Ski Bowl Park of the Town of Johnsburg."

In some local opinions - the suit is viewed as an attempt to stall or halt the major "Ski Bowl Village" private development that is slated to break ground this spring.

As a strong advocate for the Interconnect Project, Johnsburg Supervisor, Sterling Goodspeed, was particularly disappointed to learn about the lawsuit. In recent comments, he was quick to voice his opinion of the suit's actual intent.

"I think it's important to separate the interconnection of the Ski Bowl and Gore from any particular private project," Goodspeed said.

"The frustration I have with the Resident's Committee and the lawsuit generally - and I've had this conversation with their [the RCPA] former Director, is they really need to separate out those two issues. If they have a particular problem with a particular private developer or a particular private proposal then take on that that proposal or take on that entity and don't attack the Interconnect."

Goodspeed further commented on the issue of economic vitality for the Town of Johnsburg and the potential impact if the Interconnect Project fails.

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