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More Proof : The Government Believes 'Your Property Is Theirs'
By de Andréa,
Opinion Editorialist for
‘THE BOTTOM LINE’
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I have been following this story since 2013 and it is just more proof that the government agencies such as the BLM and the EPA believe they are above the law because they really believe everything belongs to the Government Gestapo.
In 2013 a Wyoming rancher named Andy Johnson was threatened by the gestapo so-called Environmental protection Agency with $16 million in fines for not getting a permit from the Army corps of Engineers and the Federal EPA. Instead, he followed the law and applied for, and received a state permit for building a stock pond for their cattle on ‘his own’ ranch.
NOTE: A Stock Pond, according to the EPA’s own rules is exempt from regulation. But of course that doesn’t matter to the EPA Gestapo SS.
In 2013 The EPA fined the Johnsons $37,500 per day, which at the time of the filing had passed $16 million.
In 2015 a lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Fort Bridger, Wyoming, rancher Andy Johnson by officials of the (PLF) Pacific Legal Foundation. They are seeking to assert his American Constitutional property rights.
Note: As I said the EPA thinks everything belongs to them. So one then needs to get permission from them to do anything to their property
The lawsuit explained that federal law clearly exempts cattle stock ponds from the rules of the EPA, which had filed a compliance order against Johnson.
Officials from the Pacific Legal Foundation has now announced that the federal government has finally agreed after a 3 year battle, to resolve the case, and a federal court has approved.
The court ruled unconditionally for the constitutional rights of the Johnson’s. (Isn’t that unusual these days???)
“… under the court ruling, 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 PDF 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 with the EPA began in 2013 when Johnson, under a legitimate state permit, built the stock pond in 2011 to provide safer, more reliable access to water for his small herd. Watch the video.
Ray Kagel, (a former federal regulator), explained how the pond actually proved to be a benefit to the environment. It created wetlands, habitat for fish and wildlife, and cleans the water that passes through it. But of course the EPA cares nothing about the environment, that’s not the real purpose of the EPA. The purpose is only to control the people.
The federal government gestapo, who really believes that they own and control everything in America, as has been exhibited by the BLM in Nevada and Oregon as of late, responded with its threats of fines.
Johnson tried to reason with the government, without success, so he filed the action that points out “stock ponds” are expressly exempted from the EPA’s Clean Water Act. Something the government couldn’t care less about, because all government agencies truly believe that they are totally exempt
from the law!
“This settlement is an unprecedented win for the Johnson family, and a win for the environment,” said Wood. “Under it, the Johnsons will pay no fine. They will not lose their property. They will not have to agree to federal jurisdiction or a federal permit, which would have surely entailed onerous conditions. In effect, the government will treat the pond as an exempt stock pond, in exchange for any further improving on the environmental benefits he has already created.”
Johnson, in a statement released by the PLF, said, “This is a huge victory for us as well as private property owners across the country. The next family that finds itself in our situation, facing ominous threats from the EPA, can take heart in knowing that many of these threats will not come to pass. If, like us, you stand up to the overreaching bureaucrats, they may very well back down.”
The question that I now have is: Will the Criminal EPA Gestapo obey this ruling by the court and leave the Johnson’s alone. Or will it continue to go fishing for, and pursue some other possible EPA violation that they can again harass the Johnson’s with? I ask that because without penalizing the EPA for a violation of their own law they lose nothing by continued harassment. I can testify firsthand about this…
Thanks for listening - de Andréa
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