For Immediate Release
June 11, 2009
Assistant Attorney General Evan J. Mulholland
Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte and Department of Environmental Services ("DES") Commissioner Thomas S. Burack announce that the Cheshire County Superior Court (Arnold, J.) has approved a settlement between the State of New Hampshire and David J. Gale of East Swanzey, New Hampshire to resolve violations of the State's wetlands laws. The settlement includes a total civil penalty of $20,000.
In its lawsuit, the State alleged that Mr. Gale violated the State's wetlands laws by filling an area of wetlands on his property on Route 10 in Swanzey. The court-approved agreement requires Mr. Gale to pay a $10,000 cash penalty and complete the restoration of the wetland area. The remaining civil penalty of $10,000 will be suspended as long as Mr. Gale remains in compliance with the wetland laws and regulations for two years.
"We are pleased with the settlement agreement as it continues to demonstrate the State's commitment to protecting New Hampshire's wetlands and water bodies," Attorney General Ayotte stated. Commissioner Burack said, "This settlement acknowledges that wetlands are a critical part of New Hampshire's natural environment and that keeping them as productive ecosystems is vital to ensuring environmental health."
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