December 7, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit in Stone County against two Stone County developers for polluting Table Rock Lake.
Koster said James Shirato, owner of Indian Ridge Resort, Inc., and Donald Snider, managing member of North Shore Investments, LLC, planned a $1.6 billion, 850-acre development located near Branson West less than a mile upstream of Table Rock Lake. The development, known as Indian Ridge Resort, was to include hundreds of homes, condominiums, an eight-story hotel, water park, golf course, conference center, and retail shopping and restaurants. The groundbreaking for the project was held in 2005. The lawsuit charges the defendants with violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law.
Koster said no work has taken place at the site since August 2008 when the developers' bank failed and was taken over by the FDIC. Since then, with each rainfall, sediment is washing from the cleared areas into erosion channels and then into Table Rock Lake.
"Every developer in our state is aware of the obligation to ensure the environmental integrity of their development sites," Koster said. "This office will aggressively pursue any developers who show disregard for our environmental laws."
Koster is asking the court to issue an order requiring the defendants to comply with the Clean Water Law; to assess a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 per day for each violation of the Clean Water Law; to pay for their damage to Table Rock Lake, and to require the defendants to pay all costs associated with the case.