OXFORD  — The state Gambling Control Board has ruled that releasing the names of the investors behind a casino under construction in Oxford would not be a violation of trade secrets or of the owners’ privacy.

Black Bear Development is the group of investors behind the casino on Route 26.

The control board ruled Tuesday that the names as well as their percentage of ownership could be made public, despite the objections of lawyers for Black Bear, who claimed disclosing the information would violate privacy.

The board’s decision is effective Nov. 8, giving Black Bear time to appeal the decision in court.

Black Bear Community Development Director Scott Smith tells the Lewiston Sun Journal the company had no comment.

The casino is scheduled to open next year.