Armstrong in Hot Water Over Polluted Swimming Hole Near His Ranch

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lance Armstrong is feuding with his neighbors over how to clean up a prized swimming hole that became polluted after he began building a dam on his ranch in Dripping Springs, Tex.

When construction on the dam began a year and a half ago, sediment started streaming into Dead Man's Hole, a deep pool fed by a creek that runs through Armstrong's 450-acre ranch.

The seven-time Tour de France champion said he has spent $500,000 removing the dam and repairing the creek banks, but several inches of sediment still line the pool's floor.

His neighbors say he should pay another $50,000 to $60,000 to vacuum the dirty water from the pool, filter out the particles and return clean water to the pool.

Several of Armstrong's neighbors said they're making their complaints public in hopes the dispute can be settled out of court.

Armstrong said his attorney, Jerry Webberman , has been meeting with consultants to find a cleanup method that's best for the environment.

-- From News Services

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