DEC charges mine employee with obstructing inspectors

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WETM) – ECOs and investigators with DEC’s Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigations (BECI) unit charged a Pennsylvania man last week in connection with an Aug. 15 incident that occurred during a routine mine inspection on Lake Road in the town of Horseheads.

Two DEC mining inspectors were attempting to perform the annual inspection of a permitted gravel pit when the subject, who was operating a front loader at the site, obstructed their entry to the site and intimidated the inspectors while they were attempting to perform the inspection.

Gary L. Clark, 73, of Troy, Pa., was charged with obstructing governmental administration in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor, and menacing in the 3rd degree, a class B misdemeanor, and released.

Clark is set to appear in Horseheads Town Court on Sept. 26.

DEC employees are authorized to conduct inspections pursuant to issued permits, and obstructing or hindering these inspections is a criminal offense that will be aggressively pursued by DLE.

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