Second lawsuit filed over massive Vigneto project in Benson

Environmentalists say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to comprehensively assess the impacts the massive Benson development will have on groundwater supplies. / Photo by Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

 

By Emily Bregel | Arizona Daily Star

A development slated to bring 70,000 more residents to Benson is yet again entangled in a legal battle.

Environmentalists filed their second lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week, challenging its approval of a crucial permit for the 28,000-home Villages at Vigneto project, which opponents say did not receive the level of environmental-impact analysis required by federal law.

The complaint, filed Jan. 31 in U.S. District Court in Tucson, alleges the Army Corps violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act in failing to comprehensively assess the impacts of the entire 12,200-acre project before approving the permit, and instead opting to only look at impacts to 1,919 acres.

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