Donald Trump’s family businesses are in hot water again with environmentalist groups — this time overseas.
Documents show that the U.S. President’s business has “destroyed the vast majority” of an environmentally sensitive area of sand dunes near its golf course north of Aberdeen in Scotland, according to the Associated Press.
The news comes after Trump International revealed plans on Tuesday to invest $196 million in the second phase of development at Trump International Golf Links – Aberdeen Scotland.
Eric Trump, who leads the business with his brother, Donald Jr. needs approval from Aberdeenshire Council to build 500 homes, 50 hotel cottages, a sports center and equestrian facilities at the property north of Aberdeen.
The problem is two-fold. Not only is the golf resort damaging protect land but the Golf Links have lost nearly £1.2m in 2016, forcing Trump to increase his interest-free loans to the resort to nearly £41m ($54m), according to the Guardian. Trump’s hotel at Turnberry in Ayrshire, has also suffered heavy losses.
From the environmental standpoint, the Scottish Natural Heritage, found that the construction of the golf course has “led to direct loss of” as much as 168 acres of mobile sand dunes protected under Scottish law, per the AP.
The destruction occurred despite a personal commitment by Trump to minimize the damage when Scottish authorities granted permission for the project.
Despite the concerns, Eric Trump said he expects to break ground on the second phase of the development early next year.
“The timing is now right for us to release the next phase of investment and the significant economic benefits this brings,” he said.
Critics have also said Trump International has not delivered on promises of investment and jobs that were made in 2008.
The resort already includes an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse and boutique hotel.