Shaking my head over the incredible overreaching of the Environmental Protection Agency just isn’t cutting it anymore. It’s time to start screaming. I’m sorry, but now I’m pissed off and I’m not going to take it anymore.
The latest legal crime being committed by the unelected officials of the EPA involves a proposed fine of $16 million against a rancher in Wyoming named Andy Johnson. His sin? Building a small pond on his property.
EPA officials say this small body of water is technically a “stock pond.” They told Andy he needs to return his property to conditions before the pond was built. When he refused, they started fining him $37,000 a day.
That was back in 2012 and now the EPA tells him he owes more than $16 million. Andy has filed a suit in federal court, asking a judge to stop the agency from continuing to try to rob him blind.
Before a bunch of liberals decided it would be a wonderful idea to give people high-paying jobs to create ridiculous regulations on everything from car emissions to the size of a backyard swimming pool, a guy like Andy would have been complimented by his neighbors.
They would have told him he was smart and industrious for using the property he paid for to figure out a way to give the animals on his ranch better access to water.
Andy knows it’s no longer the 1800s. He can’t just walk over to a nearby little house on the prairie and ask Charles Ingalls to swing by and help him construct a pond. No, Andy says he went through all the proper channels and received needed permits from the state government before building his pond.
The EPA doesn’t care. They just want to make an example out of a hard-working American who only wants to live his life in peace and provide for himself, his family and his animals.
Next time EPA officials stop by Andy’s place for a little visit, I hope he asks them to closely examine his quicksand pit.