South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Pawleys Island Church

This case involves a previous Consent Order of Dismissal in which SCELP represented individuals seeking to prevent filling of wetlands associated with construction activities. As a result of a negotiated settlement agreement, the Church agreed to leave half of the onsite wetlands in a preserved state. However, in 2014 the Church received authorizations to proceed with additional construction activities that would eliminate all of the remaining onsite wetlands. We challenged those authorizations in the Administrative Law Court as inconsistent with and in violation of the Consent Order.

Case Update:

On February 12, 2015, Administrative Law Judge Shirley Robinson issued a legally unsound ruling granting DHEC and the Church's motion to dismiss the case and denying our motions for summary judgment and enforcement of the Consent Order. We have appealed Judge Robinson's ruling in the SC Court of Appeals and are currently submitting briefing on the issue.