Obviously, Greenetrack and Greene County, which receives proceeds from Greenetrack, have an interest in stopping or delaying the construction of a competing bingo hall. Sidetrack’s attorney, John C. Robbins, was quick to recognize that fact. “This isn’t about dirt,” Robbins told the Tuscaloosa News. “It’s about competition.”
Robbins said and Winn confirmed that Greenetrack has purchased or leased land surrounding the new development and so invited the pollution damages. Winn said the purpose of those acquisitions was for possible future expansion of Greenetrack.
Regardless of the motives of the pollution reporting, pollution is pollution, whether or not Greenetrack wanted to catch Sidetrack in the act or not. And Greenetrack’s attorney, John M. Bolton III (who also represents Victoryland owner Milton McGregor) apparently has significant evidence, including photos and video, of repeated failures to control run-off at the Sidetrack site.
A circuit court judge will rule next week on whether or not Sidetrack construction must be stopped until proper erosion controls are implemented.