A citizens' group concerned about the potential environmental effect of the Schlumberger Technology Corp. project in Horseheads is going to court to try to halt the work.

A group calling itself People for a Healthy Environment Inc. filed the legal challenge last week in state Supreme Court in Chemung County, claiming the village's approval of Schlumberger's site plan was arbitrary and capricious.

The group's attorney, Helen Slottje of Ithaca, said the action challenges the legality of the temporary facility already operating on-site.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a notice of violation to Schlumberger for failure to obtain a state pollution elimination system permit, but allowed the company to operate on the site anyway, Slottje said in a news release.

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