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Marine Log

March 27, 2008

Feds seek huge fines in illegal dredging case

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Federal prosecutors are seeking huge fines from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and two former department employees accused of using propeller wash from work boats to dredge an illegal ferry channel four years ago.

The dredging is alleged to have violated federal antipollution laws and a complaint filed in federal court last month seeks $27,500 for each day of the violation, from May 6, 2004 to September 27, 2005

In addition to the Department of Transportation, defendants include Jerry Gaskill of Cedar Island, former director of the state ferry system, and Billy R. Moore, former superintendent of dredging and maintenance for the ferry system.

Read the full details in the News Observer story.

The charges are in, fact, but the latest development in the long running saga of the Currituck ferry.

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