|Updated: 1/19/2012 10:45 am
||Published: 1/17/2012 11:27 pm
Action taken Tuesday night at the Broken Arrow City Council meeting could stop construction on the Red Clay Casino.
People who live near the site at 111th and 129th E. Avenue have been fighting for weeks to stop the project.
After more than an hour behind closed doors, Broken Arrow City councilors went back into session and approved asking the Oklahoma Attorney General for an investigation into the Kialegee casino.
Two actions were taken, first to ask the AG’s office for help in determining if any transactions with anyone involved in the casino were illegal and if there were any illegal findings that the AG take action to oppose the casino until legality is determined.
One of the members of the Citizens Against Neighborhood Gaming in Broken Arrow gave a sigh of relief and said the vote is a baby step.
It was a smaller crowd but a enough to fill the city council chambers Tuesday night.
The spokesperson for BACANG says right now 5,200 people have signed their petition and they had 250 signatures a day.
"It's important that we continue to remind them that we are still citizens we still need your support and your help and we need everything can to stop this,” says member Greg Coscia.
They want the city to stop movement on the site where the Kialegee Tribe is building the Red Clay casino.
City councilors have already ordered a cease and desist but bulldozers get digging up dirt.
In Tuesday’s night’s meeting councilors went behind closed doors for more than an hour to discuss what action they can take to delay the construction.
"This body is on our side,” says BACANG spokesperson Rob Martinek.
Before the closed door meeting Martinek brought up two issues before the council.
"Potential violations of NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] laws and wetlands,” says Martinek.
He says without an environmental assessment you can’t move any ground.
He says the EPA will be on the casino site on Thursday to determine if there are wetlands.
If the EPA finds wetlands development can be stopped.
Wilkening says the City has been in contact with the EPA.
Martinek believes the City can already halt construction.
"There is no requirement to provide water, sewer, fire, police or roads to the city of Tulsa,” says Martinek.
The Broken Arrow City Attorney Beth Anne Wilkening says if the AG determines the casino is illegal the City will have to take action.
It is unsure if that means a lawsuit could be filed. However, Martinek says if the there are any illegal transactions involving the casino and city won’t file a lawsuit he will.
The Chief of the Muscogee Creek Nation, George Tiger, announced he does not approve the casino project.
He says the Kialegee Tribal Town has not followed proper procedures to build the casino.