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Justice, DEP battle over dam, road at W.Va. resort

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 07:12 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Billionaire Jim Justice is in a war of words with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection over an illegally built dam at a gated golf course community.

DEP says the Mallard Lake Dam at The Resort at Glade Springs is a potentially deadly flooding hazard to drivers.

The Register-Herald first reported the dispute, citing a letter Justice sent property owners in Glade Springs Village.

Justice warns the DEP’s actions could prompt his company, Emco Glade Springs Hospitality, to transfer responsibility for the dam and road to the property owners.

But DEP says it gave Emco multiple options last year to make the uncertified dam comply with state law. They include raising, lowering or removing it.

DEP says Emco has yet to submit an engineering plan for review.



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