Purgatorial resort resorts in Pennsylvania have been on the receiving end of criticism for being overly crowded and a risk to the health and safety of people who are skiing in them.
And the state has filed suit to block some of the resort’s expansion plans.
A lawsuit filed by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection on Monday claims that the resort was created without proper environmental impact studies and environmental permits and should be barred from expansion.
The suit was filed by Pennsylvania Attorney General John Morgan in response to a complaint filed by a group of people including a family with a history of health problems, according to the Associated Press.
According to the complaint, the resort is too small to accommodate families with kids and has “overcapacity” for both adults and kids.
The resort is located in Parma Township in the southern part of the state.
The resort has also drawn criticism for its low-budget and outdated facilities, including its “lunar” snowmobile rentals and “snowy” mountain bike trails, the AP reported.
The department is asking the judge to require the resort to take the following actions: 1) “remove any unnecessary obstructions or barriers to access to the resort and all ski trails in the area” and “remove or eliminate all unlicensed equipment, materials, and equipment.”
2) “prohibit the use of unlicensed activities at the resort” and require the management of the site to provide “adequate public access to all areas of the property, including but not limited to ski trails and parking areas.”3) “adopt appropriate procedures to manage and control the resort, including the use and occupancy of designated areas, such as restricted ski lifts and designated snowmobile parking areas, and the closure of areas to unauthorized use.”
The agency is also seeking an injunction prohibiting the resort from expanding and to prevent the resort “from creating or maintaining a public nuisance or danger.”
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a statement that it has received a “significant number of complaints” about the resort since the start of this year and the agency is “continuing to monitor the situation.”
“It is important to note that we are not aware of any ongoing litigation against the Pennsylvania Department for any of the actions we have listed here,” the agency said.