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Judge sides with county in response to International Drive reconsideration order

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – While a judge has granted a conservation group’s request to reconsider and clarify some items in their petition to block the paving of International Drive over environmental concerns, the same judge has sided with those seeking to move forward with the road project.

A response to a reconsideration order was filed Tuesday in a case between the petitioners, the Coastal Conservation League and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, and respondents, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Horry County Public Works.

In the order, Judge Ralph King Anderson, III, states that the county has made efforts to minimize environmental impacts in the project, there is an overriding public interest in moving it forward, and no alternative exists. So while the petitioner’s motion for reconsideration is granted, it is only to discuss issues that were no already addressed in the court’s order allowing the project to continue.

In response to this latest development, Nancy Cave with the CCL stated: “We are reviewing the judge's response and will decide how we will proceed over the next several days.”

Horry County Spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said that the conservation groups “now have 30-days to file an Appeal to the SC Court of Appeals. We wait.”

About 20 people marched and chanted outside the Coastal Conservation League office in Georgetown last Wednesday morning, nearly one week after the South Carolina Environmental Law Project filed the motion for the judge to reconsider his ruling in favor of the permits to pave International Drive.

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