Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Ecoterrorists don't get their way, cause $10 million in damages.

What's the best way to react if your efforts to save a 'magnolia bog' prove unsuccessful? If you're an 'environmentalist' in Maryland, you set fire to 41 homes in a new subdivision.
INDIAN HEAD, Md. -- Investigators suspect arson in the fires that burned more than 40 homes in a posh subdivision under construction near a nature preserve, and the FBI said it would look into ecoterrorism as a possible motive.

Some $10 million in damage was done as 41 homes Monday at the Hunters Brooke subdivision, about 25 miles south of Washington. A dozen of the homes were destroyed.

Environmental and community groups tried to block the development in a lawsuit last year that claimed it would hurt one of the nation's last undisturbed magnolia bogs.

In recent years, radical environmentalists have set fires at luxury housing developments under construction in San Diego and Detroit's outer suburbs and at a resort in Vail, Colo. The Earth Liberation Front has also claimed responsibility for fires at lumberyards and sport-utility vehicle dealerships.

The group has caused more than $100 million in damage since 1996, the FBI says.

Environmental groups and some county residents sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers last year, claiming they had violated the Clean Water Act by granting permits that allowed construction at the site.

Apparently, ecoterrorists know something about magnolias that most of us don't. I'd have never thought that building luxury homes near a magnolia bog could hurt the friendly foliage and violate the Clean Water Act, while the burning 41 $500K dollar homes and the smoke, soot, runoff and chemicals needed to extinguish them assist our botanical buddies by making their water cleaner.

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