#1 Wyoming rancher beats EPA in pond fight by algernonpj 12.05.2016 12:17

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The good guys win one.

Wyoming rancher beats EPA in pond fight
$16 million in fines dropped, threats canceled
2016.05.10
Bob Unruh

A Wyoming rancher threatened by the Environmental Agency with $16 million fines for getting a state permit and building a stock pond on his ranch has reached a settlement that will have the fines go away and he’ll keep his stock pond.

WND reported in 2015 on a lawsuit filed on behalf of Fort Bridger, Wyoming, rancher Andy Johnson by officialsl with the Pacific Legal Foundation seeking to vindicate his property rights.

The lawsuit explained federal law clearly exempts stock ponds from the rules of the EPA, which had filed a compliance order against him threatening $37,500 in fines per day – which already at the time of the filing had passed $16 million.

Now, officials the PLF has announced the federal government has agreed to resolve the case, and a federal court has approved.

“Importantly, under the settlement, the Johnson family’s pond will remain; they won’t pay any fines; they don’t concede any federal jurisdiction to regulate their pond; and the government won’t pursue any further enforcement actions based on the pond’s construction,” the legal team revealed.

“This is a victory for common sense and the environment, and it brings an end to all the uncertainty and fear that the Johnson family faced,” said Jonathan Wood, a staff attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation.

The fight began in 2013 when Johnson, under a legitimate state permit, built the stock pond to provide safer, more reliable access to water for his small herd.

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#2 RE: Wyoming rancher beats EPA in pond fight by ThirstyMan 12.05.2016 12:33

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Thanks for posting this!!! The bureaucrats lost this battle, they're well-funded and sadly will attempt this again though. This one appears to be a victory for Stat'e rights does it not?

#3 RE: Wyoming rancher beats EPA in pond fight by algernonpj 12.05.2016 14:24

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Quote: ThirstyMan wrote in post #2
Thanks for posting this!!! The bureaucrats lost this battle, they're well-funded and sadly will attempt this again though. This one appears to be a victory for Stat'e rights does it not?



Yup

A victory for state's rights, property rights, small business.

#4 RE: Wyoming rancher beats EPA in pond fight by ThirstyMan 12.05.2016 16:12

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Quote: algernonpj wrote in post #3
Quote: ThirstyMan wrote in post #2
Thanks for posting this!!! The bureaucrats lost this battle, they're well-funded and sadly will attempt this again though. This one appears to be a victory for Stat'e rights does it not?



Yup

A victory for state's rights, property rights, small business.


Watch out little fella ...
the EPA is gunning for you!!! Don't try any of that funny stuff ....like building a dam!!






Uh-oh I warned ya!

#5 RE: Wyoming rancher beats EPA in pond fight by april 12.05.2016 16:24

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I am surprised they backed down.....I bet they try to get him another way or at a later date.

#6 RE: Wyoming rancher beats EPA in pond fight by Cincinnatus 13.05.2016 15:03

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Ridiculous suit to begin with. Have these EPA pinheads nothing better to do with their time and our money? Cattle have to have water, especially in the hot weather months, and a pond is the customary method of meeting that need.

Is nonsense like this the reason this worthless agency was established? Thanks, Nixon.

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