Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Potsdam Wal*Mart

To revisit a topic covered in the past, the Watertown Daily Times (subscription required to do anything but look at the homepage) is reporting a citizen SEQR suit has now run the town $50,000-plus.

A couple thoughts occur to me: First, it's nice to see a St. Lawrence County muni hiring a Syracuse megafirm. They need the work so much more than the people who live and work in the community. Second, while I'm no fan of Wally World's reputedly shady practices, I'm also not a fan of frivolous lawsuits. It'd be a public relations nightmare for the muni to seek attorney's fees from those that oppose the siting, but at the same time...it's the abuse of SEQR by anyone who has a NIMBY problem that helps generate the myth that environmental concerns are strictly anti-business.


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