MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The owner of a commercial property next to Eagle School Intermediate has agreed to pay for cleanup of about 50 gallons of oil that were intentionally dumped there earlier this year, according to a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman.
George Van Wagner was identified as the owner of Manor Park Plaza LLC, according to DEP communications director Kathy Cosco.
The DEP has issued notices of violation for dumped oil and still were trying to determine who opened a spigot on the tank allowing the oil to go into the soil, Cosco said when asked recently about the dumping.
Aside from being a targeted dumping ground, Manor Park Plaza is the subject of ongoing federal bankruptcy proceedings, according to court documents on file with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.
In February, bankruptcy judge Patrick M. Flatley signed an order, granting Branch Banking and Trust Co. (BB&T) relief from an automatic stay, allowing the bank to foreclose on the property as a means to collect from Van Wagner.