Judge approves delay in Hankins Pond Dam dispute

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HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A judge has agreed to give Wayne County Commissioners and two state agencies more time to work out a deal over proposed demolition of the Hankins Pond Dam.

Senior Judge Raymond Hamill approved a 60-day delay in the county’s request for a permanent injunction barring the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (F&BC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) plans to remove the dam.

The two agencies say the dam poses a safety threat to those living downstream if the aging structure were to fail. The 180 year old dam has been labeled a high-hazard dam after part of it was breached several years ago.

The County wants to purchase the property around the dam.

The delay is to give more time for the county and the agencies to try and work out a potential transfer to Wayne County.

Hamill granted the delay after being assured there is no imminent threat to life or property at this time.

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