La Satira News Service
A plan by the Vanity Fair Regional Development Authority to drain the Slough of Despond suffered a setback this week when an environmental interest group filed suit against the project, citing inadequate mitigation of the projected environmental impacts.
The project calls for the construction of a road and bridge across the Slough of Despond, to be paid for by the development of most Slough into an up-scale community of homes and shops.
Among other objections, the suit by the Vanity Valley Nature Club claims that the proposed project would eliminate several hundred acres of established wetlands and destroy a significant habitat for Woodpeckers of Illusory Prospects.
“We believe this lawsuit to be frivolous and unnecessary,” said VFRDA executive director Faith N. Lucre in an interview. “For one thing, the Woodpecker of Illusory Prospects is hardly an endangered species; everyone gets visited by one at some point in their lives. Moreover, the Woodpeckers aren’t the only things that call the Slough of Despond home: it’s also a fertile breeding ground for the Mosquitoes of Disappointment, the Leeches of Self-Doubt and the Adders of Dysfunctional Relationships.
“Besides, the plan clearly shows that any wetlands destroyed in this project would be replaced by new wetlands to be developed in the nearby Swamp of Ambivalence and Bog of Ennui.”
In addition to the lawsuit, the project is also threatened by the possible withdrawal of one of the groups that originally proposed it.
“What we had initially proposed was a simple bridge,” explained Guy D. Way, a spokesman for the Celestial City Travelers Association. “We get a lot of people coming from that direction, and we were hoping to ease the trip a bit. But somehow the project morphed into, not just a bridge, but what amounts to a small city. With the crowds and all, this could turn into a bigger obstacle than the Slough itself. The decision to call the development ‘Materialism Manors’ didn’t exactly increase our comfort level, either.”
A preliminary hearing in the case will be held next month in the Court of Arcane Procedures.