MARYSVILLE, CA - The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs held a public hearing last Wednesday to take local comments on the draft environmental impact statement prepared for an Indian casino planned by the Enterprise Rancheria in Butte County. The report was released last month and defines the impacts to air quality, traffic and water issues in south Yuba.
The casino will be a $150 million project in the enterprise zone off Forty Mile Road near Highway 65. It includes a 2-story, 207,760-square-foot casino and an 8-story, 107,125-square-foot hotel with 170 rooms.
Nearly a hundred community residents, tribal members, and public officials attended the hearing to express their support or opposition. Supporters cited new jobs and economic benefits while opponents cited traffic, crime, and problem gambling. The number of supporters far exceeded the opponents.
The environment study also lists four alternatives to the current plan:
If the casino is approved it could open as soon as 2010.
Written comments on the environmental impact study can still be submitted
though May 5th by mailing them to:
Acting Regional Director
Pacific Regional Office
Bureau of Indian Affairs
2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95825.
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