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Oregon candidate exposes social, economic catastrophe caused by federal control in Josephine County

by Liz Bowen
Pie N Politics

February 26, 2016

An Open Letter to Presidential Candidates from Josephine County, Oregon

By Toni Webb, candidate for Commissioner of Josephine County

TO: Candidates running for President of the United States

This letter is to inform you of the struggles faced by the people of Josephine County, Oregon, due to ongoing problems with the federal government’s control of our public land, including our once-productive forests. Bad policies and misguided management by federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, have left our rural county economically and socially devastated. I hope that you, as candidates for President of the United States, will seriously consider why the effort to transfer the ownership and control of public lands back to western states, like Oregon, is so critical to our survival. Continue reading

House votes to overturn Obama water rule

From The Hill

By Timothy Cama – 01/13/16 11:58 AM EST

 Posted 1/15/2016

Washington, D.C. – The House voted Wednesday to overturn a contentious rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that asserts federal authority over small waterways.

The House passed the resolution 253-166 Wednesday, with 12 Democrats supporting it. Rep. Chris Smith (N.J.) was the only Republican to vote against the measure.

The measure is now headed to President Obama’s desk; he has promised to veto it.The resolution, from Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), which the Senate passed in November, aims to block enforcement of the EPA regulation known as the Clean Water Rule or “waters of the United States” and prevent any similar rules from being issued in the future.

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Why is the EPA Suing John Duarte for Plowing his Land?

by Liz Bowen
Ag Net West.com

Published January 12, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ignored decades of established law when it told John Duarte to stop plowing his land. Duarte didn’t back down and is now in the fight of his life: a lawsuit to preserve agricultural exemptions under the Clean Water Act, the very exemptions the EPA tells us will remain under the WOTUS (Waters of the U.S.) Rule.

Speaking at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention, Duarte explains why this court battle is so important, and why many legal observers think it will end up in the Supreme Court. Continue reading

Lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new “waters of United States” power grab

PLF lawsuit on WOTUS

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new
“waters of United States” power grab

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SACRAMENTO, CA; July 15, 2015: On behalf of a number of landowners and major organizations representing landowners, including the state cattlemen’s associations of California, Washington, and New Mexico, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) sued the Obama Administration today over its vast new expansion of Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction — an expansion that could bring virtually all the nation’s water and much of the land under direct federal regulatory control.

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M. Reed Hopper
Principal Attorney
Anthony Francois
Senior Staff Attorney

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SPECIFICALLY, the lawsuit seeks invalidation of the new regulatory rule defining the “waters of the United States” that are subject to CWA jurisdiction. Issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, the rule is illegal — and unconstitutional — because it sets no limit on the CWA’s reach, while explicitly expanding it to waters that the Supreme Court has already ruled to be off-limits to federal control. Continue reading

Clean Up the Clean Water Rule

US News & World Report

Posted 9/3/2015

The EPA’s water rule needs more input from farmers and small businesses.

Whether you’re a farmer in Indiana or a rancher in Wyoming, a Republican from Oklahoma or a Democrat from North Dakota – we all want clean water.

On Friday, EPA’s new rule is supposed to go into effect and will attempt to redefine which sources of water can be regulated under the Clean Water Act. Thirty-one states and several industry groups have sued to prevent the rule from moving forward. The EPA wrote and finalized its “Waters of the United States” rule without consulting with some of the people who care about clean water the most: farmers, ranchers, small business owners. Continue reading

PLF sues the Corps and EPA over expansive water rule

July 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA;  July 15, 2015:  On behalf of a number of landowners and major organizations representing landowners, including the state cattlemen’s associations of California, Washington, and New Mexico, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) sued the Obama Administration today over its vast new expansion of Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction — an expansion that could bring virtually all the nation’s water and much of the land under direct federal regulatory control.

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HR 1732 would hold back overreach by EPA

Press Release

5/13/2015

Washington, D.C. – Tom Reed applauds tonight’s House passage of the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, H.R. 1732, which protects landowners from intrusive government and ensures the protection of personal property.

“I care about the property rights of landowners,” said Reed. “Not only are these rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment, but they are vital to the American way of life. This bill ensures fairness in the regulatory process and for landowners.”

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Congress Moves to Block EPA’s Land Grab

By Ron Arnold | For The Daily Signal

Republican lawmakers are pushing hard to corral President Obama’s rogue Environmental Protection Agency with stringent bills and a blunt warning against finalizing its most dangerous land grab ever, the pending redefinition of “Waters of the United States,” or WOTUS, which would seize power over almost any property that gets wet regardless of what it is or who owns it.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee; Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; and every chairman and ranking member of every congressional committee and subcommittee with jurisdiction over the EPA and its co-regulator, the Army Corps of Engineers, have signed a strongly worded 14-page document warning the agencies they “must abandon” the new rule and that “Congress did not sanction this approach in the Clean Water Act, and the Constitution forbids it.” Continue reading

Chamber: Costs of EPA climate rule could top $50 billion a year

The Hill

Posted 6/3/2014

The country’s largest business lobby warned Wednesday that the Obama administration’s proposal to impose new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could eclipse $50 billion in annual costs through 2030.

The new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce comes ahead of the Environmental Protection Agency’s planned rollout of draft regulations at the center of President Obama’s climate change initiative.

Obama announced the push last year, declaring that he would not wait for the bitterly divided Congress to pass legislation to counter the effects of global warming.  Continue reading

EPA Blasted for Dangerous Human Experiments to Advance Agenda

by Alex Newman
For The New American

Posted 4/11/2014

The Environmental Protection Agency is under attack from all sides yet again, this time for conducting dangerous and potentially even deadly experiments on unwitting human test subjects in what analysts say was a transparent bid to advance the Obama administration’s radical agenda by executive decree. The explosive findings, unveiled in a recently released internal EPA report, show that the increasingly out-of-control agency exposed vulnerable people to wildly high levels of possibly fatal pollutants without even warning them of the risks. The purpose: justifying more regulations. Continue reading

GOP lawmakers push EPA to ax proposed water rule amid outcry from farmers

Fox News

Posted 4/11/2014

More than a dozen Republican lawmakers are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider asserting regulatory authority over streams and wetlands amid intense backlash from farm groups over the agency’s proposed water rule. 

In a letter Thursday, the GOP senators faulted the EPA for announcing a proposed rule last week before the government’s peer-reviewed scientific assessment was fully complete. They are calling on the government to withdraw the rule or give the public six months to review it, rather than the three months being provided.

The senators’ move puts them among several groups — from farmers and land developers to Western governors worried about drought management — in expressing concern about a long-running and heavily litigated environmental issue involving the Clean Water Act that has invoked economic interests, states’ rights and presidential power. Continue reading

New bill introduced to stop EPA abuse of power

Posted 3/25/2014
Pacific Legal Foundation

As I explained in yesterday’s post (see below), the Supreme Court let stand an unfortunate decision by the D.C. Court of Appeals that allows the EPA to amend or revoke a section 404, Clean Water Act discharge permit, at will.  Thereby depriving the permit holder of any vested right in the permit, even when the permit holder is in full compliance with all permit conditions and there are no changes in circumstances. However, today, U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) took action to stop this abuse of power.  These senators have introduced a bill, The Regulatory Fairness Act of 2014, that prohibits the EPA from revoking a duly issued permit.

“The Regulatory Fairness Act of 2014 would give American businesses a fair shot at going through the process of building or mining without having to worry about politics getting in the way,” said Vitter. “After seeing the EPA grossly overstep on established permitting procedures, it’s clear that this legislation is necessary to prevent a serious disincentive to investing in America and distinctly state what the EPA can and cannot do.” Continue reading

EPA land grab? Agency claims authority over more streams, wetlands

Fox News

Posted 4/11/2014

In what critics are describing as a government land grab, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change Tuesday to the Clean Water Act that would give it regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways. 

The proposal immediately sparked concerns that the regulatory power could extend into seasonal ponds, streams and ditches, including those on private property. 

“The … rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history,” said Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.  Continue reading

EPA News from Liberty Scene

Rep. Darrell Issa calls for Pebble Mine probe

House Republicans are calling for an investigation into whether the Environmental Protection Agency planned to kill a controversial Alaska Copper-and-gold mine from its inception, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.

 

The EPA last month moved toward issuing a preemptive veto of a key mining permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  The agency said the mine would destroy salmon runs that are home to nearly half the world’s sockeye salmon, and would disrupt the lives of native tribes.

 

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., urged EPA’s internal watchdog to investigate the agency’s handling of the Pebble project Friday, saying it had planned to use a preemptive veto to block the mine from outset.

(Washington Examiner)

 

 

Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property

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. 

 

 

Will the Supreme Court permit EPA climate fraud?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency. The case will determine how far EPA can extend its regulatory overreach, to control “climate changing” carbon dioxide from power plants and other facilities – by ignoring the Constitution’s “separation of powers” provisions, rewriting clear language in the Clean Air Act, and disregarding laws that require the agency to consider both the costs and benefits of its regulations and what it is regulating. Put more bluntly, the Court will decide whether EPA may deceive and defraud the American people, by implementing regulations that have no basis in honest science and will be ruinous to our economy. It is the most important energy, economic and environmental case to come before the Court it in decades. 

(Cfact.org)

 

 

Watch Trey Gowdy’s epic speech on the floor of Congress that may be a defining moment for America 

We’ve finally gotten to the point where Congress had to pass a law to make sure that the laws they pass are enforced.

 

In a speech that Representative Trey Gowdy really shouldn’t have had to make, he explains angrily to the Congress what its job is, and to Obama what his job is. Members were heard to applaud as he reached the crescendo.

 

Five Democrats joined Republicans in passing a bill that directs Obama to follows the laws – clearing the House by a 233 to 181 vote.

(IJ Review)

 

 

California’s drought is a dam problem 

Congressman Tom McClintock brings some common sense to California’s drought crisis. There is no reason for the current drought problem. California needs more water storage and more dams. Instead Sacramento is considering the opposite – they want to remove dams.

(YouTube)

 

 

IG report: EPA employees used federal charge cards for gym memberships, gift cards

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees used federal charge cards to buy gym memberships, gift cards, hotel space and items at dance halls and music venues, according to an inspector general report released Wednesday.

 

“The EPA did not provide effective oversight to ensure that purchase card holders and approving officials comply with internal control procedures,” according to the report, entitled ”Ineffective Oversight of Purchase Cards Results in Inappropriate Purchases at EPA.” Seventy-five of 80 reviewed transactions were not in compliance with EPA policies.

(Watchdog.org)

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Bill passed helps ‘environmental protection’ turn into a lucrative business

 
Posted 3/18/2014
 
In the dark of night, while most folks were sleeping – oblivious – a piece of legislation that only had its “first reading” in Olympia twelve days ago passed by a vote of 93-5. This little slip of a bill, a mere three pages, will kick the principles of justice and liberty as we know them closer to the proverbial cliff.

      That sounds mighty dramatic, maybe over the top.  What’s this bill about?

Waal…  HB 2454 is a bill that paves the way for “water quality trading” in Washington State. Painted as accommodating and innovative, and dressed-up as so many bills are nowadays in predictable, wolf in sheep’s clothing buzzwords like “voluntary” and “market-based,” the legislature is setting up tables in the temple of environmental justice for the sale of Get Out Of Jail Free cards.  Instead of nabbing those who pollute, and correcting real problems appropriately, this bill says:
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EPA’s Plans for Implementing UN’s Agenda 21

 
Posted 3/18/2014
(originally posted 5/3/2012)
One of the most successful grassroots campaigns during the past year has been the Stop Agenda 21 movement both at the local level and state level. However, we haven’t heard as much about Agenda 21 implementation at the national level.

Of course, there were President Bill Clinton’s establishment of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development by executive order in 1993 and President Obama’s “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance” executive order in 2009. And, many federal agencies have been incorporating sustainability into various aspects of their organizations. Still, virtually all Stop Agenda 21 grassroots activity has been focused on the local and state levels.

The establishment of Clinton’s President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) started a pattern of denial by federal government agencies regarding any connection with the United Nations Agenda 21. Even though the PCSD was clearly established in 1993 in support of the UN’s Agenda 21 and its Sustainable Development proposals from the UN’s ’92 Earth Summit in Rio, the PCSD’s statements and documents never referred to the UN and Agenda 21.

We have evidence that federal officials were taking pains to make the PCSD appear to be completely separate from the UN’s Agenda 21 because J. Gary Lawrence, an advisor to the PCSD, said the following in 1998: Continue reading

EPA Wants to Snuff out Wood and Pellet Stoves

 
Posted 3/18/2014
 

It took more than six weeks before the new EPA rules on wood and pellet stoves percolated into the media, which then generated pushback ranging from anger to outrage.

The new rules impose a maximum of fine airborne particulate emissions from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air down to 12. As Larry Bell, writing at Forbes, put it:

To put this amount in context … secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed-car can expose a person to 3,000-4,000 micrograms of particulates per cubic meter. Continue reading

EPA says taking over private property will benefit the economy

from The Daily Caller

Posted 12/28/2013

Can the EPA run your property better than you? The Environmental Protection Agency says that its proposal to extend its regulatory powers over wetlands and waterways would produce economic benefits.

Republican lawmakers warn that the agency is trying to extend its power to regulate private property.

The EPA’s rule would redefine the term “waters of the United States” to include all “tributaries, regardless of size and flow, and all lakes, ponds and wetlands within a floodplain” reports E&E News. Other bodies of water, “such as geographically isolated wetlands, would have to be shown on a case-by-case basis to have a significant chemical, physical or biological effect on larger waterways downstream — a major point of concern for environmental groups” E&E added. Continue reading

EPA Releases Climate Change Draft

Posted 12/2/2013

Clallam County, WA – Watershed Planner Shawn Hines representing the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe issued the following information to the Dungeness River Management Team (DRMT).  We recommend that you carefully review this information, and take steps to make a comment about it.  Climate change?  Yessir – every three months.  We call it Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter…..

 

“Information from The EPA Office of Water has released a draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plan for public comment. In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order, the Implementation Plan provides detailed information about the actions EPA plans to take across the country to help communities adapt to a changing climate. Continue reading

Cities Raise Alarms Over EPA’s Surprise Hydrant Lead Rule

from Bloomberg

Posted 11/19/2013

Philadelphia has 119 fire hydrants that cost about $2,000 each waiting in a warehouse to be installed, yet they sit high and dry because federal regulators say their fittings might taint drinking water with lead.

 The City of Brotherly Love and communities across the U.S. face the specter of hundreds of millions of dollars in useless hydrants after a surprise ruling last month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that requires fireplugs put in after Jan. 4 meet stricter standards for lead content, said Tom Curtis of the American Water Works Association in Denver. That means cities must scrap or retrofit inventory or buy hydrants and parts that some vendors aren’t even making yet. Continue reading

Senate bills would force people nationwide to buy green energy

The Daily Caller

Posted 11/7/2013

Senate Democrats have begun a renewable energy blitz, with two bills mandating an increase in renewable use through 2025.

Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Mark Udall of Colorado introduced a bill last week that would require that 25 percent of the country’s power come from renewable energy sources by 2025. Continue reading

Think tank sues to stop EPA from destroying potentially damaging, embarrassing emails, text messages

Washington Examiner

Posted 10/18/2013′

A conservative think tank filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from destroying text messages to avoid publicly releasing them in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after repeatedly being told the EPA didn’t have records of text messages sent by former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and current Administrator Gina McCarthy even though CEI had evidence that the texts were sent.

“Defendant EPA has not provided any of the records responsive to either FOIA request. Instead, it has destroyed them, as part of a policy and practice of destroying such records, in violation of the FRA (Federal Records Act) and FOIA; as a result, it has been unable to locate any such texts in response to plaintiff’s FOIA requests,” CEI said in its complaint. Continue reading

EPA Merely? Requires?

by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

Posted 10/11/2013

EPA MERELY? ONLY? requires property owners TO GET AN EPA PERMIT?
A private property owner will MERELY? ONLY? spend 788 days and MERELY? ONLY? spend $271,596 working with federal authorities

TO GET AN EPA PERMIT?

(MERELY? ONLY? a TEMPORARY FINANCIAL setback?)

Another study showed that projects abandoned due to an
INABILITY TO GET SECTION 404 PERMITS COST AMERICANS SOME $45 BILLION IN 1990.


(MERELY? ONLY? a PERMANENT? $45 BILLIONFINANCIAL setback IN 1990?)

EPA the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers, the two entities that administer the CWA, MERELY? ONLY? COST AMERICANS SOME $45 BILLION IN 1990.

(MERELY? ONLY? a PERMANENT? $45 BILLION DOLLAR FINANCIAL setback?) Continue reading

EPA Study Could Be Used To Expand Reach of Law Over Waters

By Amena H. Saiyid
Bloomberg BNA

Posted 10/11/2013

Sept. 26 — Federal regulators may be able to assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over more waters and wetlands than are now protected on the basis of a draft scientific study that links all streams and certain wetlands with larger, downstream navigable waters, attorneys and policy analysts say.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s draft study finds that all tributary streams, including perennial and the previously unprotected intermittent and ephemeral streams, are physically, chemically and biologically connected to downstream rivers.

The study, released Sept. 17, also finds that wetlands and open waters in flood plains of rivers and riparian areas also are connected in the same way as streams are to downstream rivers. Continue reading

Armed EPA raid in Alaska sheds light on 70 fed agencies with armed divisions

Posted9/18/2013

Fox News

Alaska – The recent uproar over armed EPA agents descending on a tiny Alaska mining town is shedding light on the fact that 40 federal agencies – including nearly a dozen typically not associated with law enforcement — have armed divisions.

The agencies employ about 120,000 full-time officers authorized to carry guns and make arrests, according to a June 2012 Justice Department report.

Though most Americans know agents within the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Prisons carry guns, agencies such as the Library of Congress and Federal Reserve Board employing armed officers might come as a surprise.  

The incident that sparked the renewed interest and concern occurred in late August when a team of armed federal and state officials descended on the tiny Alaska gold mining town of Chicken, Alaska. Continue reading

Defending Citizens’ Water

 

Defending ALL CITIZENS RIGHTS to WATER in WA State?

OPPOSING AND LEGALLY CHALLENGING THE DUNGENESS WATER RULE?

Bottom Line

Failure to use or comply with EPA’s best Available science for American Family water usage?

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A DOE RULE THAT RESTRICTS FAMILY WATER USAGE TO ONLY 150 GALLONS INDOOR A DAY?

Clallam County REPRESENTATIVES complete disregard of EPA family and individual WATER USAGE DOCUMENTATION?

EPA The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home.

EPA Each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day at home. Continue reading

Lengthy Senate report details EPA FOIA abuses

Washington Examiner

Posted 9/12/2013

Environmental Protection Agency officials have from the beginning of President Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office “pursued a path of obfuscation, operating in the shadows, and out of the sunlight,” according to a Senate report.

The report by Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee provides a detailed description of violations of the Freedom of Information Act and other federal laws and regulations meant to encourage transparency and accountability in the government.

“The agency established an alias identity to hide the actions of the former administrator; has purposefully been unresponsive to FOIA request, oftentimes redacting information the public has a right to know; and mismanaged its electronic records system such that federal records have been jeopardized,” the report said. Continue reading

EPA Plus DOE Cost?

 

Proposed Chapter 173–98 WAC In this case?  IS The moneys all gone? on DOE administrative costs before a single PENNY trickles down to benefit (LOAN) to the people?
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Comment on EPA PLUS DOE COST?

SENT TO Derek KILMER,

Thank you for responding on the EPA.

Your comment
As the EPA moves forward on regulations it is important that they are in the national interest and that there is a greater BENEFIT than COST associated with them.

What is? Was? the intent of congress in providing federal EPA capitalization grants for projects that are consistent with the the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251-1387?

Indeed, was it the intent of congress? for WA State DOE to use federal funds to create an even LARGER controlling WA state administrative GOVERNMENT entity where the DOE administrative COSTS exceed the benefits to the people of WA State? Continue reading

Endangered Species Act focus of US House hearing

 
Posted: Sep 05, 2013 9:28 AM PDT

Updated: Sep 05, 2013 9:28 AM PDT

 

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Congressmen seeking to amend the Endangered Species Act said in Casper the way the act is being implemented inhibits energy development, agriculture and hunting and fishing.

Four members of the House Natural Resource Committee held a field hearing Wednesday that focused on the act. Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis was joined by Reps. Doc Hastings, of Washington State, Doug Lamborn, of Colorado, and Steve Daines, of Montana. Continue reading

Feds propose Ore. spotted frog for ESA protection

Capital Press

Posted 8/30/2013

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Prompted by a lawsuit settlement with a conservation group, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing the Oregon spotted frog for protection as a threatened species.

 

The notice is to appear Thursday in the Federal Register. A final determination is due in a year.

 

The Oregon spotted frog once was common from British Columbia to Northern California, particularly along the Willamette River in Oregon. But development of farmland and housing destroyed the wetlands where they live. Continue reading

What is “Rural Cleansing”?

 

Posted by icthe4est
Western Water Rights

Posted 8/22/2013

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This week, the Western Ag Reporter showcased this old Wall Street Journal article from July 2001 that should remind us all that many forces are working toward removing people from their land in rural areas throughout the country.

The article below helps put into perspective the Department of Interior meeting with the Flathead Joint Board of Control a few weeks ago.  Western Montana must really be on the feds radar.  Over the past several months, they’ve sent two letters (Letter 1)  (Letter 2) and called a “special” meeting to make sure people know that short of a water compact, they have no problem increasing instream flows via whatever means necessary, up to and including invoking the Endangered Species Act for Bull Trout.

RURAL CLEANSING

By Kimberley A. Strassel. Ms. Strassel is an assistant editorial features editor at the Wall Street Journal

Federal authorities were forced to cut off water to 1,500 farms in Oregon’s and California’s Klamath Basin in April because of the “endangered” sucker fish. The environmental groups behind the cutoff continue to declare that they are simply concerned for the welfare of a bottom-feeder. But last month, those environmentalists revealed another motive when they submitted a polished proposal for the government to buy out the farmers and move them off their land.

This is what’s really happening in Klamath — call it rural cleansing — and it’s repeating itself in environmental battles across the country. Indeed, the goal of many environmental groups — from the Sierra Club to the Oregon Natural Resources Council (ONRC) — is no longer to protect nature. It’s to expunge humans from the countryside. Continue reading

Washington State Congresswoman says ‘fiscal responsibility’ behind decision to cut federal agency spending

By Stevie Mathieu 
Columbian Politics Reporter

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Conservationists cried foul this week when a bill that would slash money for land and water conservation projects began moving through Congress. They’re putting pressure on U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to support the fund.

The Camas Republican sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, as well as its environmental subcommittee, which passed the bill in question. Even though Herrera Beutler plans to vote in favor of the bill, it doesn’t mean she supports zeroing out the Land and Water Conservation Fund, her spokesman Casey Bowman said.

Beyond the conservation fund provision, the House bill allots $24.3 billion next year to the federal Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service and other agencies. The bill would reduce funding to those agencies by 19 percent when compared with 2013 spending levels.

Herrera Beutler’s final decision on the bill came down to fiscal responsibility, Bowman said. Continue reading

“WILD” and the EPA

by Pearl Rains Hewett –  Comment

 
Posted on July 17, 2013

Clallam County, WA – Are both government Taking and Controlling entities being used TO WILLFULLY DENY ACCESS AND RESTRICT the USE OF both PRIVATE and Public land.

WILD IS AN AMERICAN AFFRONT TO THE 1938 ACT OF CONGRESS
THAT CREATED THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK FOR THE FULL USE AND ENJOYMENT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
BY RESTRICTING AND DENYING PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND

While WILD IS at it, WILD IS creating 1/2 mile set backs
(buffer ZONES ) on private property.Creating those famous NON-CONFORMING, no man’s use of his own land, on private property that has been owned by families, like ours, for over 60 years.
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The Rains Sr. family has lived in Clallam County for 93 years.
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WILD? ONP ACCESS DENIED IS A PUBLIC PDN AFFRONT
AFFRONT definition added for emphasis, to insult or offend somebody openly Continue reading

Whose community is it? Question raised where NGOs offer predetermined outcomes for Clallam County Shoreline

July 13, 2013 10:38 am 

 

WHOSE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP IS SUPPORTED BY RADICAL ACTIVISTS?

“IT’S PRIVATE PROPERTY- FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE-STEP DOWN”

My Clallam County SMP comment
There are 3300 vested private property owners
PRIVATE Landowners are the stewards of this critical zone
Those who live in the same COMMUNITY area
affected by the Clallam County SMP Update

From: zSMP Continue reading

EPA Encourages Utility Controlled Refrigerators

July 3, 2013
 (CNSNews.com) – At times of peak demand for electricity, do you want your refrigerator to run at the discretion of the power company?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised its Energy Star energy-efficiency requirements for residential refrigerators, and it is encouraging the inclusion of “connected” features that respond to utility signals to curb their energy consumption.

The EPA announced the new requirements on June 27. Included is the optional “smart-grid” connection for customers to electronically connect their refrigerator or freezer with a utility provider. Continue reading

The EPA and Your Privacy?

EPA ACKNOWLEDGES RELEASING PERSONAL DETAILS ON FARMERS,
SENATOR SLAMS AGENCY
By Joseph Weber
Published April 09, 2013
FoxNews.com
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An excerpt from this report (full text follows)

Sen. John Thune, who originally complained about the release, slammed the EPA for trying to retroactively recover the sensitive data.
“It is INEXCUSABLE for the EPA to release the personal information of American families and then call for it back, knowing full well that the erroneously released information will never be fully returned,” he said in a statement to FoxNews.com.

“While EPA acknowledging that it erred is a first step, more must be done to protect the personal information of our farmers and ranchers now and in the future.

I will continue to demand answers from the EPA on how this information was collected and why it is still being distributed to EXTREME environmental groups to the detriment of our farm and ranch families.”

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Opinion: EPA sets its sights on eradicating human race

By Charles Hurt
The Washington Times

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

If the 10 most dangerous words in the English language are, “Hi, I’m from the government and I’m here to help,” then the Environmental Protection Agency offers something even more terrifying.

 


“Hi, I’m from the EPA and I am going to help you whether you want it or not. If you don’t let me help you, I am going to fine you until your company goes out of business. I am going to make you jump through endless hoops that do nothing to prevent pollution in the air, land or water. I am going to saddle you with mountains of regulations and paperwork. If you complain or resist, I will fine you some more. In the end, I just may kill you anyway.” Continue reading

EPA: What happens in the backroom of a sue-and-settle lawsuit?

 

June 6, 2013

Opinion by Ron Arnold,
for The Washington Examiner

Is Big Green running things in President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency? Wake up and smell the corruption.

A virulent 2009 sue-and-settle lawsuit, WildEarth Guardians v. Jackson (as in Lisa Jackson, former EPA administrator) is an outrageous sweetheart deal rife with collusion and manipulation to create arbitrary regulations, along with the EPA takeover of state regulatory programs and a price tag of more than $2.5 billion — all aimed against the domestic fossil fuel industry.

William Yeatman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute discovered the details after a Freedom of Information Act request produced 659 pages of EPA emails. Continue reading

OP-ED: EPA’s back-room ‘sue and settle’ deals require reform

Opinion –
Washington Examiner

Posted 5/30/2013

Imagine the outcry if the nation woke up this morning to New York Times and Washington Post headlines reporting that in order to settle a lawsuit against Charles and David Koch, officials with the Environmental Protection Agency had met behind closed doors with them to iron out a deal that effectively allowed the brothers to rewrite regulations as they pleased. Imagine, also, that the EPA and the Kochs then got a federal court to issue a decree ratifying the deal and giving it the force of law? The sun would not likely set on a peaceful America until the EPA/Koch deal was utterly repudiated and those in government responsible for it frog-marched to jail after being charged with multiple violations of the Administrative Procedures Act.

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Clallam Co., WA: Local activist raises questions to Congressman about EPA violations

U. S. Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Washington State recently held a town meeting, and at least one person raised questions.  Pearl Rains-Hewett, a property owner and grandmother, wrote the following as an open commentary to Kilmer:
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Derek,
I did attend your town hall meeting in Port Angeles Yesterday.
You stated you would answer all questions you received and asked that we report violations by government agencies.
EPA VIOLATIONS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT
EPA’S BACK-ROOM ‘SUE AND SETTLE DEALS’ Continue reading

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