Sometimes things seem to be looking up. Take our IFO post “Reining in EPA is Paul’s objective, but we think there’s more to come” of just a few weeks ago, and especially pay attention to the nasty comment posted by “drugs and other things” on it.
Lead sentences @drugs: “More lies. Regarding the poor abused Sacketts:” Sweet, eh? @drugs goes on to write a fairly incomprehensible comment giving the impression he has done lots of research, had great knowledge, and has completely demolished the Sacketts’ case.
Um, no. Check this story out today! “Supreme Court Sides with Idaho Property Owners over EPA”
The Supreme Court has come forcefully down on the side of an Idaho couple in its fight against the Environmental Protection Agency, unanimously ruling Wednesday that the couple can challenge an EPA order to stop construction of their home on property designated a wetland.
Based on our own experience with bureaucratic over-reach, (a city bureau in the Portland area), the EPA will continue to attempt to enforce their original orders. It will take another court decision FINING the EPA and awarding all attorney fees to the Sacketts to get the EPA to back off.
The Sacketts found their own incriminating “documents” written by the EPA. See the video in the news story. Note that @drugs mentions some documents obtained under FOIA, making it sound as if said documents were being hidden and had to be pried out of the hands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Today’s ruling only allows the Sacketts to challenge the EPA in court, which they couldn’t do before they brought their case, but it is a step in the right direction. The case shines a light on this kind of bureaucratic behavior, which is a start.
Here’s what Justice Alito said in the opinion:
“The reach of the Clean Water Act is notoriously unclear. Any piece of land that is wet at least part of the year is in danger of being classified by EPA employees as wetlands covered by the act, and according to the federal government, if property owners begin to construct a home on a lot that the agency thinks possesses the requisite wetness, the property owners are at the agency’s mercy.”
This is something farmers have worried about for years!
Pushback has begun. As Tim Allen, in our favorite movie says: Never surrender! Never give up!
P.S. A note about @drugs – seems to be a Canadian in his 40s. The blog is brand-new – started on Feb. 9, 2012. Main purpose was to defend marijuana use and oppose drug laws. IFO actually does, too! But he seems to call people liars on a regular basis. In our experience, people who do that are often liars themselves. Just sayin’