House Blocks EPA Effort to Increase Terrorism of Land Owners

Over the past decade, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been terrorizing land owners by dictating what they can and cannot do on their own land. They’ve stopped land owners from developing their own land by using ambiguous wetlands and waterways regulations.

In one such case, Mike and Chantell Sackett purchased nearly two-thirds of an acre in a new development at Priest Lake, Idaho.  They set about making their plans for their dream home. Before they could start building the house, they spent three days hauling in dirt to fill in areas on the lot and get everything leveled off.

Suddenly, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers showed up on the site and ordered the couple to halt all activity. It turns out the agencies suddenly declared the land in the new subdivision was a wetland. Six months later they received a compliance order from the EPA informing them that the lot was a wetland and that they had to restore it back to its natural condition. If they did not comply with the order, the EPA notice said that they could be fined up to $37,500 per day.

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Fortunately, the Sacketts, fought the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, taking their case all the way to the US Supreme Court who ruled in favor of the Sacketts.

There have been numerous cases like that of the Sacketts. The attacks against private landowners by the EPA along with the Army Corp of Engineers and the Interior Department have drastically increased under the tyrannical reign of Barack Obama. In many cases, the EPA has told land owners and the courts that private individuals have no legal right to challenge EPA mandates.

Now the EPA and Army Corp of Engineers want to expand their dictatorial control of privately owned lands with a new water regulation plan. The new regulations would allow the two agencies to subjectively declare which stream, tributaries, wetlands and even dry desert washes would be protected from pollution and development.

The new regulations would negatively impact many farmers, ranchers and land owners. Congress has received numerous complaints from concerned citizens and on Tuesday, they acted upon those concerns. By a 261-155 vote, the House approved a bill that requires the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their new water regulations and force them to meet with local and state officials for their input prior to attempting to re-write new regulations.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) who is serving at the House Majority Leader, stated that the new EPA rules would ‘trample on private property rights and hold back our economy.’

The Senate is also acting to place some control over the EPA. Last month a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would specify which bodies of water would fall under the new EPA water regulations, forcing the agency to re-write those regulations.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) stated:

“We’ve got a whole lot of pent-up frustration and concern because it seems like every time they turn around, there is a new set of regulations for farmers to be concerned about.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly, (D-IN) added:

“It’s the perfect example of the disconnect between Washington and rural areas.”

However, Barack Obama has vowed to veto the bills if they should come to his desk in their current form. After all, his entire agenda is to force every American to submit to his dictatorial rule. That includes forcing land owners into submission of unfair and unconstitutional regulations over their own privately owned lands and he’s been using the EPA for just that purpose.

With some bipartisan support, hopefully the senate will be able to muster enough votes to override Obama’s veto and help stop the EPA’s reign of terror against land owners.



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