Pennsylvania State Gaming Control Board director of communications Doug Harbach says statements issued on Tuesday, including on harnessracing.com that used reports from the Ellwood City Ledger website, claiming the gaming license for the Valley View Downs project was approved are erroneous.
Harbach noted that an application for a gaming license for Valley View Downs has not been filed as of yet.
WCN 24/7 later picked up the story and then issued a retraction. Here is what that website posted:
"It's been a few months since the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission issued a racing license for the Valley View Downs project. However, there is no decision yet on a casino gaming license application by American Harness Tracks. The developers of the proposed Mahoning Township project want a license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). A gaming license would allow them to advance plans for a racetrack and casino resort complex in Lawrence County.
"In August, Lawrence County commissioners voted to allocate $50 million in anticipated county revenues toward the financing of the Valley View Downs project. Commissioners say the money isn't tax revenue, but rather cash the casino would generate through slots and table games that would go back to the county.
"WCN 24/7 posted a story on Tuesday citing sources on behalf the American Trotting Association and Harnesslinkclaiming a decision declaring a the gaming license had been approved. Again, that information was incorrect.
"The Valley View Downs has been in limbo for years as a previous developer failed to raise the money needed to secure the gambling license. American Harness took over the project after the previous developers went bankrupt."
Harnessracing.com regrets the error.