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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | November 24, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - A Rockville, Md., environmental activist group has begun the official process to sue the City of Hagerstown under federal laws governing water cleanliness. Lawyers for Rockville-based Potomac Riverkeeper said in a letter sent to the city Friday that the complaint stems from problems with the city's Waste Water Treatment Plant on Frederick Street. The group said it will sue the city within 60 days if several problems are not corrected by that time.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 27, 2011
Environmental advocates have appealed permits issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that would allow North Mountain Shale LLC to operate a quarry in Gerrardstown, W.Va. Potomac Riverkeeper Inc. announced Friday that it challenged the DEP's January decision to issue quarry and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits for a 100-acre site off W.Va. 51. Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church and Washington Heritage Trail Inc. also joined the not-for-profit, clean- water organization in appealing the quarry permit to the West Virginia Surface Mining Board, according to copies of the appeal released by Potomac Riverkeeper.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 22, 2012
Organizations opposed to a proposed shale quarry in southern Berkeley County have appealed a West Virginia Surface Mine Board decision affirming the state-issued permit for the operation. Potomac Riverkeeper Inc. announced Tuesday that it filed a petition in Berkeley County Circuit Court seeking judicial review of the Surface Mine Board's final order, which was issued Jan. 25. Joining Potomac Riverkeeper in the court appeal are Washington Heritage Trail Inc. and Gerrardstown (W.Va.)
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | January 17, 2005
gregs@herald-mail.com The environmental activist group that spurred tougher corrective measures for the City of Hagerstown's sewer system no longer has immediate plans to sue the city, its executive director said Thursday. The Hagerstown City Council voted Wednesday to adopt a consent judgment - a legally binding document - that holds the city responsible for improving the city's Waste Water Treatment Plant on Frederick Street in an effort to reduce pollutants that have been spilled into Antietam Creek over the past five years.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | December 17, 2004
An agreement between the City of Hagerstown and the Maryland Department of the Environment over punishment and corrective measures for the city's sewer system problems has been delayed by a recent lawsuit threat, the mayor said. Mayor William M. Breichner said this week that a mid-November letter from Rockville, Md.-based environmental activist group Potomac Riverkeeper spurred the delay. According to the letter, the group said it would sue the city under the U.S. Clean Water Act if it did not correct within 60 days problems that led to several spills of raw sewage and partially treated wastewater over the past few years.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 18, 2012
The only apparent potential stumbling block for a company to mine shale at a quarry in Gerrardstown, W.Va., is the possibility of litigation in circuit court now that the state's decision to issue permits for the quarry operation have been upheld. North Mountain Shale LLC's water quality-related permit was affirmed last Monday by the Environmental Quality Board, and the Surface Mine Board acted similarly on the company's mining permit. The permits issued by the DEP in January 2011 allow North Mountain Shale to mine shale in a 100-acre quarry site off Dominion Road near W.Va.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2011
An appeal challenging the state's decision to issue a mining permit for a 100-acre quarry site in southwestern Berkeley County is not expected to be decided for several more weeks. West Virginia Assistant Attorney General Wendy Radcliff said Monday that a decision in the case between the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and three organizations who appealed the DEP's decision to permit North Mountain Shale LLC to mine in Gerrardstown, W.Va., might not be made by the state Surface Mining Board until after late August or early September.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 31, 2011
The Berkeley County Council voted 3-2 Thursday to take legal action, albeit in a limited manner, in the ongoing appeal of permits issued for a controversial proposed quarry operation in Gerrardstown, W.Va. Council members Doug Copenhaver and James “Jim” Whitacre voted against the action, which directs the council's attorney, Norwood Bentley III, to submit a “friend of the court” brief outlining the county's position on the development proposed by North Mountain Shale LLC. Council members Elaine Mauck, Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci and William L. “Bill” Stubblefield appeared to agree that the county's brief should take a “middle of the road” position on the proposed quarry, but also outline their interest in protecting the county.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2011
Testimony heard Wednesday in the appeal of a state environmental agency's decision to permit a brick manufacturer's subsidiary to build a quarry in Gerrardstown, W.Va., focused on protection of nearby streams. The state Environmental Quality Board convened Wednesday to consider an appeal of the permit issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for North Mountain Shale LLC's proposed 100-acre quarry site off Dominion Road. The appeals were filed by Potomac Riverkeeper Inc. and Stevan Hudock, whose property is next to the proposed quarry.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 23, 2012
Attorneys engaged in a legal battle over a proposed shale quarry in Gerrardstown, W.Va. were given until Dec. 1 to submit proposed orders to resolve an appeal pending in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Potomac Riverkeeper Inc., Washington Heritage Trail Inc. and Gerrardstown (W.Va.) Presbyterian Church filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court an appeal of a West Virginia Surface Mine Board decision that affirmed the state-issued permit for the operation. After hearing arguments Tuesday from an attorneys for the quarry opponents, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and North Mountain Shale LLC, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder gave no indication on how he would rule on the appeal.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 23, 2012
Attorneys engaged in a legal battle over a proposed shale quarry in Gerrardstown, W.Va. were given until Dec. 1 to submit proposed orders to resolve an appeal pending in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Potomac Riverkeeper Inc., Washington Heritage Trail Inc. and Gerrardstown (W.Va.) Presbyterian Church filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court an appeal of a West Virginia Surface Mine Board decision that affirmed the state-issued permit for the operation. After hearing arguments Tuesday from an attorneys for the quarry opponents, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and North Mountain Shale LLC, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder gave no indication on how he would rule on the appeal.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 22, 2012
Organizations opposed to a proposed shale quarry in southern Berkeley County have appealed a West Virginia Surface Mine Board decision affirming the state-issued permit for the operation. Potomac Riverkeeper Inc. announced Tuesday that it filed a petition in Berkeley County Circuit Court seeking judicial review of the Surface Mine Board's final order, which was issued Jan. 25. Joining Potomac Riverkeeper in the court appeal are Washington Heritage Trail Inc. and Gerrardstown (W.Va.)
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 18, 2012
The only apparent potential stumbling block for a company to mine shale at a quarry in Gerrardstown, W.Va., is the possibility of litigation in circuit court now that the state's decision to issue permits for the quarry operation have been upheld. North Mountain Shale LLC's water quality-related permit was affirmed last Monday by the Environmental Quality Board, and the Surface Mine Board acted similarly on the company's mining permit. The permits issued by the DEP in January 2011 allow North Mountain Shale to mine shale in a 100-acre quarry site off Dominion Road near W.Va.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2011
Testimony heard Wednesday in the appeal of a state environmental agency's decision to permit a brick manufacturer's subsidiary to build a quarry in Gerrardstown, W.Va., focused on protection of nearby streams. The state Environmental Quality Board convened Wednesday to consider an appeal of the permit issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for North Mountain Shale LLC's proposed 100-acre quarry site off Dominion Road. The appeals were filed by Potomac Riverkeeper Inc. and Stevan Hudock, whose property is next to the proposed quarry.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2011
An appeal challenging the state's decision to issue a mining permit for a 100-acre quarry site in southwestern Berkeley County is not expected to be decided for several more weeks. West Virginia Assistant Attorney General Wendy Radcliff said Monday that a decision in the case between the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and three organizations who appealed the DEP's decision to permit North Mountain Shale LLC to mine in Gerrardstown, W.Va., might not be made by the state Surface Mining Board until after late August or early September.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 31, 2011
The Berkeley County Council voted 3-2 Thursday to take legal action, albeit in a limited manner, in the ongoing appeal of permits issued for a controversial proposed quarry operation in Gerrardstown, W.Va. Council members Doug Copenhaver and James “Jim” Whitacre voted against the action, which directs the council's attorney, Norwood Bentley III, to submit a “friend of the court” brief outlining the county's position on the development proposed by North Mountain Shale LLC. Council members Elaine Mauck, Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci and William L. “Bill” Stubblefield appeared to agree that the county's brief should take a “middle of the road” position on the proposed quarry, but also outline their interest in protecting the county.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 27, 2011
Environmental advocates have appealed permits issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that would allow North Mountain Shale LLC to operate a quarry in Gerrardstown, W.Va. Potomac Riverkeeper Inc. announced Friday that it challenged the DEP's January decision to issue quarry and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits for a 100-acre site off W.Va. 51. Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church and Washington Heritage Trail Inc. also joined the not-for-profit, clean- water organization in appealing the quarry permit to the West Virginia Surface Mining Board, according to copies of the appeal released by Potomac Riverkeeper.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | January 17, 2005
gregs@herald-mail.com The environmental activist group that spurred tougher corrective measures for the City of Hagerstown's sewer system no longer has immediate plans to sue the city, its executive director said Thursday. The Hagerstown City Council voted Wednesday to adopt a consent judgment - a legally binding document - that holds the city responsible for improving the city's Waste Water Treatment Plant on Frederick Street in an effort to reduce pollutants that have been spilled into Antietam Creek over the past five years.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | December 17, 2004
An agreement between the City of Hagerstown and the Maryland Department of the Environment over punishment and corrective measures for the city's sewer system problems has been delayed by a recent lawsuit threat, the mayor said. Mayor William M. Breichner said this week that a mid-November letter from Rockville, Md.-based environmental activist group Potomac Riverkeeper spurred the delay. According to the letter, the group said it would sue the city under the U.S. Clean Water Act if it did not correct within 60 days problems that led to several spills of raw sewage and partially treated wastewater over the past few years.
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