Property Rights

Robertson v. United States

Montana man unjustly convicted of violating Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prosecuted Joe Robertson for allegedly polluting waters of the United States as a result of a series of ponds he built on land above the small town of Basin, Montana. The prosecution turned on a definition of “waters of the United States” that included land 40 miles away from the nearest navigable river. A jury agreed with this definition, finding the ponds had a “significant nexus” to the river, and convicted Robertson. PLF has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Robertson’s conviction.

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