When it comes to the efficacy and efficiency of organized crime in America, particularly the extortion racket, the United States government has the Mafia beat hands down. No U.S. government agency is better at extortion than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Wyoming rancher, Andy Johnson, found this out the hard way after he excavated a small stock pond on his property to provide better access to water for his livestock. First he went to the trouble of obtaining all the proper permits from his state government before starting the project. “We went through all the hoops that the state of Wyoming required, and I'm proud of what we built," Johnson explains.
So he built his pond. But then the EPA found out about it. They told Johnson that he was violating the federal Clean Water. Act. And they didn’t give a damn about all his State of Wyoming permits. He was ordered to restore his property within 30 days to the condition it was in before he excavated the pond.
Johnson balked. There was no way he could return his land to the original condition within 30 days. It was “physically impossible,” he claims. The EPA imposed $37,000 per day in fines. Now the government extortionists insist that he owes $16 million and that sum is growing ever higher by the day.
Mind you, there was no due process of law afforded here. The EPA is simply engaged in taking a man’s private property in violation of the Fifth Amendment. Johnson has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming that the agency extortionists are overstepping their authority.
Good luck, Mr. Johnson.
Let’s hope you can put stop to this outrageous example of extortion EPA.