A rancher is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to federal court, asking a judge to stop the agency from fining him more than $16 million because he built a small pond on his property.
Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyoming says he made sure to get the proper permits from his state government before building the pond.
Johnson is facing millions in fines from the federal government after the EPA determined his small pond -- technically a "stock pond" to provide better access to water for animals on his ranch -- is somehow violating the federal Clean Water Act.
The EPA has, in the past few months, managed to kill rivers in Georgia, Colorado, and Arizona - prompting the sovereign Navajo Nation to file charges against the agency - yet they believe that a rancher who builds a small pond on his own property must owe them millions of dollars in "fines". Moreover, they've been losing case after case in federal courts due to what the judges recognize as continued overreach, but that doesn't even slow them down:
A federal judge in North Dakota acted late on Thursday to block the Obama administration’s controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect.
Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota found that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction, including that they would likely be harmed if courts didn't act and that they are likely to succeed when their underlying lawsuit against the rule is decided.
The decision is a major roadblock for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, who were planning on Friday to begin enforcing the Waters of the United States rule, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways, like streams and wetlands.
But the Obama administration says it will largely enforce the regulation as planned, arguing that the Thursday decision only applies to the 13 states that requested the injunction.
As always, EPA strikes a defiant tone - and a stupid one; if, as expected, the thirteen states win, their water-grab becomes void nationwide. By the way, according to EPA, if water pools on your land following a heavy rain - they call it a "wetland", even if it remains for only hours or days. Property rights? What are those? You don't own that land!
Not to be out-done by American government agencies, the Mexican government has evidently forgotten that Texas isn't part of their country: they issued a "warning" to the state last Monday not to refuse to issue birth certificates to their "anchor babies":
The Mexican government is warning that Texas’ denial of birth certificates for U.S. children born here to undocumented immigrants stands to imperil the relationship between Mexico and the Lone Star State.
The concern was raised in an amicus brief filed Monday evening to lend support to immigrants parents who sued Texas after being denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children, even after showing their “matrículas,” the ID cards issued by the Mexican Consulate to undocumented immigrants.
Mexico says the practice stands in stark contrast to the historical practice among countries to accept passports or other forms of ID to issue birth certificates.
Well, compadre, let's get a couple of things straight, here, okay? You boys don't grant citizenship to anybody other than in-country-born Mexicans, so you can take your "historical practice" and stick it. More to the point, Texas doesn't need you - particularly since the only things you send to them are illegal drugs and illegal aliens.
Here's the way I see it, Pedro: Texas can ship them back home, and you can issue the birth certificates in your own damn country.