It's Federal land and Federal regulations that the WVHC is talking about--the state has nothing to do with it. WVHC has been fighting for years to get a Wilderness designation for Roaring Plains. The new mountain threatens this longstanding goal--especially the potential mountaintop village and access road. They are much more neutral on Tory because of its location--much better from an environmentalist point of view. I know you own land near MPC and want to get rich, but don't hold your breath.
Regarding Timberline, that mountain has made numerous consessions to the Cheat Mountain Salamander:
1. It paid for an expensive Salamander study.
2. It does not allow ATV races to take place on Upper Salamander.
3. Salamander has no night skiing. This is a huge concession because it affects almost the entire North Face development. None of these huge, ski-in, ski-out trophy homes have night skiing access.
4. Timberline is not able to build a mountaintop conference center and lodge--another longstanding goal of the resort.