Wyoming Man Files Suit $16 Million in EPA Fines for Building a Small Pond on His Own Property

In yet another story of the illicit actions of a federal government that has grown too large and too powerful–and too arrogant–a man in Wyoming is being “fined” tens of millions of dollars by the Environmental Protection Agency for daring to build a small retention pond on his property saying it somehow violates federal law even though the man got the 100% approval of his state EPA.

What we have here is the arrogance of Obama’s government swooping in, ignoring state sovereignty and treating citizens like criminals.

But this rancher isn’t just lying down. He is fighting back.

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.

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Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyoming says he made sure to get the proper permits from his state government before building the pond. After all, this is America in the 21st century, and nothing done on your own property — certainly when it involves the use of water — is beyond government concern.

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.

“We went through all the hoops that the state of Wyoming required, and I’m proud of what we built,” Johnson said. “The EPA ignored all that.”

Worse, it took the rancher months to build the pond but the EPA was only going to give him30 days to dismantle the pond and return the land to the way it was beforehand. That is an actual impossibility!

It’s all more proof that the federal government doesn’t imagine it is here to serve the people.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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