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Author: Tony Francois

October 15, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency considers dirt in a farmer’s field “pollution”

When most people think about preventing water pollution, they probably picture sewage plants and factories, spilling gunk into a river or lake. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA), overturned dirt in a farmer's field is technically the same thing as that noxious gunk: pollution. The CWA was ...

September 30, 2019

The Hill: Federal waters rule repeal: Much ado about (almost) nothing

This month, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler rescinded the infamous Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. This rule, a case study in EPA regulatory overreach, asserted federal government control under the Clean Water Act over millions of acres of private property across the country, based on the absurd the ...

August 28, 2019

A Rancher’s property rights and the right to conserve

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is supposed to protect and enhance our nation's waters. But too often, government bureaucrats use that broad mandate to stomp on private landowners' property rights—even when those private landowners are trying to protect the land themselves. In a bitter twist, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using the CWA t ...

July 19, 2019

Dry creek beds aren’t navigable water, no matter what the EPA says

Curtis Martin is a rancher. Scenic hills surround his remote Oregon farmland, where he grazes his livestock and grows feed for them. Curtis, and thousands like him across our nation, feed America and the world. Farming is a risky venture. Curtis can't control the weather, crop prices, equipment costs, or the price he will get ...

July 15, 2019

The Daily Caller: The Supreme Court Gets It Right Thanks To Justice Roberts

Before he was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 2006, Chief Justice John Roberts described judges as umpires calling balls and strikes, without regard to who was pitching or hitting. But how impartial would an umpire be if one team could redefine the strike zone to suit their pitcher's or batters' skills? That is one ...

June 27, 2019

Supreme Court rebukes unchecked bureaucracy in Kisor v. Wilkie

Yesterday the Supreme Court rebuked the regulatory state and decided that the federal courts can't give government bureaucrats carte blanche to interpret our laws how they choose. This decision opens the door for other cases to rein in many government agencies’ out-of-control regulatory power. This ruling in Kisor v. Wilkie bolsters Vietnam v ...

April 17, 2019

Why water regulations should only regulate water

Government bureaucracy can often seem designed to fail, even with something as simple as water. This glib reality is on full display with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If a federal law says "don't discharge pollutants in navigable waters," most people would assume it means not to dump harmful chemicals into large bodies of water. ...

April 15, 2019

Supreme Court allows widow to pursue justice for late husband, sends case back for reconsideration

The U.S. Supreme Court today gave Carrie Robertson the chance to pursue justice for the federal government's terrible wrong against her late husband, Joe.   At age 78, the Navy veteran spent a year and a half in prison for digging fire protection ponds near his home in Montana without Clean Water Act permits. The feds' conviction also include ...

April 11, 2019

The Hill: It’s time for the Supreme Court to end regulators’ abuse of Clean Water Act rule

This article was originally published by The Hill on April 11, 2019. For years, federal regulators harassed U.S. Navy veteran Joe Robertson, charging him with violating the Clean Water Act for digging ponds on private property and subjecting him to ongoing legal proceedings. They even put him in prison for a year and a half. Robertson, 80, died ...

March 26, 2019

A man walks into a bar

Actually, it was a sand bar. He had intended to hover past it, but when his hovercraft required repairs, he had to walk it onto a sand bar as he travelled up Alaska's Nation River to his moose hunting grounds in a remote and largely roadless area of the state. On that sand bar (which ...

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