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Rocky Mountain, CO: (Feb-19-08) Colorado Wild and the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, two environmental groups, brought a lawsuit against Bob Honts, the developer of a huge ski village near Wolf Creek Ski Area, alleging that the development was started without a full environmental review. Records show that Colorado Wild and the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council sued the US Forest Service over its approval of access roads to the development without a full environmental analysis. The project's developers joined the case as defendants. Sources close to the case stated that the development has faced repeated delays over the years amid protracted legal battles over various zoning and environmental approvals. The land, owned by Texas billionaire Red McCombs, is completely surrounded by public forestland and currently lacks any year-round road access.

As part of a settlement reached, Bob Honts, who has spearheaded the development for McCombs, agreed to pay $250,000 in court fees incurred by the environmental groups that initiated the lawsuit in 2006. Further, the US Forest Service agreed to conduct the environmental review itself rather than contract with a third-party firm, as it does with many other projects including the more limited environmental study the conservationist groups has objected to in the Wolf Creek lawsuit. [ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS: SKI ACCESS ROADS]

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Published on Feb-20-08


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