POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 6:58am
Tyler (KETK) — From Fox News: All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm. He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in brook and brown trout, ducks and geese. It was a place where his horses could drink and graze, and a private playground for his three children.
But instead of enjoying the fruits of his labor, the Wyoming welder says he was harangued by the federal government, stuck in what he calls a petty power play by the Environmental Protection Agency. He claims the agency is now threatening him with civil and criminal penalties - including the threat of a $75,000-a-day fine.
He says he won't pay them a dime and said the pond is a dream his family has had.
But Johnson may be in for a rude awakening.
The government says he violated the Clean Water Act by building a dam on a creek without a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Further, the EPA claims that material from his pond is being discharged into other waterways. Johnson says he built a stock pond -- a man-made pond meant to attract wildlife -- which is exempt from Clean Water Act regulations.
But the EPA isn't backing down and argues they have final say over the issue. They also say Johnson needs to restore the land or face the fines.
Get off his back. Get off all our backs.
Don't you have something better to do like hunt extinct lizards in California and screw up water projects out there.
That's my point of view, what's yours?