South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Environmentalist group files motion that could delay International Drive project
July 15th, 2016

By Jonee' Lewis

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- A South Carolina judge sided with Horry County and DHEC last week in the ongoing debate about the International Drive project.

Since that ruling, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and South Carolina Wildlife Federation filed a Motion for Reconsideration. The group had ten days to file a new motion or for an appeal.

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project says it studied the court documents and noticed some errors.

The group says projects such as the International Drive paving work have to comply with certain policies. The group says the judge didn’t rule on two issues and they would like to clarify the ruling before moving forward.

In court documents, the group requests that the court issue a ruling on the compliance of the Water Quality Certification and Coastal Zone Consistency Certification. It states, in previous proceedings, the judge didn’t issue a ruling on the requirement for consideration of the “extent to which the project will protect, maintain or improve water quality, particularly in coastal aquatic areas of special resource value.”

“We’ve studied the order. We’ve identified what we believe to be errors in the court’s opinion. When we do appeal it we want to make sure we are able to appeal it on all of the grounds,” Amy Armstrong, executive Director with the South Carolina Environmental Law Project said.

In a statement, Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus said:

After reading the strong order by the judge in our favor, I’m very disappointed that they would continue to delay this important public project. Horry County now has ten days to respond to the Motion for Reconsideration. If the judge doesn’t make a decision in 30 days, the motion is denied and the group will have to decide if it wants to file an appeal.

Source (external link)