Group seeks casino delay to allow environmental study

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TIVERTON — The group Save Tiverton has announced via press release that it wants time for an independent consultant to conduct an analysis of potential environmental impacts of a planned casino in the northeast corner of Tiverton.

Some have voiced concern about the consequences of such a major construction project on property that includes significant wetlands including a stream that connects Tiverton and Fall River.

That statement reads:

“A a group of local residents concerned about the land use impacts of the proposed Twin River casino, sent a letter to the town council on Thursday, February 9, 2017, seeking a 45-day extension of its scheduled public hearing for Monday, March 13, 2017. The group has engaged Sage Environmental to conduct an independent peer review of Twin River’s environmental application and has requested the extension in order to complete the analysis.

“The group had previously asked Twin River to conduct a peer review in light of serious environmental deficiencies that were cited in a RIDEM report regarding their application. Even though having developers conduct peer reviews of their applications is a standard practice in the industry, Twin River declined the group’s request. As a result, the group decided to retain their own consultant.

“Moreover, the letter, sent from Karen Benson, a local environmental attorney representing neighbors and the group, urges the town council to grant the extension since it has adequate time to consider the matter under the law. In addition, the letter cites additional issues that need to be addressed including the provision of water, the disposal of sewer and the historical uses on site. In light of these environmental impacts, the letter further states that a public site walk is necessary before any decisions on these issues are made.”
 

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