NC Held Back Data on Bypass, Documents Say

The following article regarding our recent law suit over the Monroe Bypass broke in the Charlotte Observer yesterday. Similar to our Alcoa case, attorneys at SELC discovered fraudulent information was used to obtain federal approval to build a toll road east of Charlotte NC. The Monroe Bypass is a huge waste of tax payer money and would significantly increase sprawl, air and water pollution. Catawba Riverkeeper is working to stop the Gaston Parkway toll road west of Charlotte. This would also be a huge waste of NC tax payer money (to the tune of almost a billion dollars) that would actually send most of the jobs into SC and cause the same type of negative impacts in NC as the Monroe Bypass. Both projects are now coming under serious fire and this one-two combo involving two NC Riverkeeper programs (as well as a coalition of many other groups and great legal support), may just win the day! We have Charlotte surrounded.

These tax payer funded pork projects backed by special interests need to be cut from our budgets not our environmental regulatory programs.

This would actually send most of the jobs into SC and cause the same type of negative impacts in NC as the Monroe Bypass. Both projects are now coming under serious fire and this one-two combo involving two NC Riverkeeper programs (as well as a coalition of many other groups and great legal support), may just win the day! We have Charlotte surrounded. These tax payer funded pork projects backed by special interests need to be cut from our budgets not our environmental regulatory programs. —Yadkin Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks

Article by Steve Harrison, Charlotte Observer

Emails and documents suggest the N.C. Turnpike Authority didn't give the federal government a true accounting of how a proposed $800 million toll road in Union County would affect the environment, which may have made it easier for the highway to get approvals necessary for construction.

Before highways are built, the federal government requires environmental impact projections. Those are compared to a forecast of what would happen if the road weren't built - how many houses would be built anyway, for example.

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