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Ron Paul Blasts the EPA’s Theft of the Sacketts’ Land

Written by Gary North on January 20, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear the case of Sackett v. EPA. In advance, Ron Paul has identified what is at stake. Here is his statement.

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Last week the Supreme Court heard arguments in Sackett v. EPA, a case of blatant federal agency overreach and abuse of private property rights. Without any proof or reason, and no chance for appeal, the Environmental Protection Agency determined that a small single home lot was a “protected wetland.” The owners, Mike and Chantell Sackett, were ordered to halt construction already underway, to remove all of the work already done, and plant trees and shrubs consistent with a wetlands environment. After making these costly changes, the Sacketts then would have to wait several years for the EPA to decide if they would be allowed the use of their own property. Refusal to comply with these outrageous and arbitrary commandments would result in daily fines greater than the value of the property!

Outraged, the Sacketts sought relief through the courts, but court after court determined that they had no standing. The actions of the EPA were not subject to judicial review until a mountain of fees had already been assessed. This is just another example not only of how federal agencies wield enormous power over average citizens, but also how little practical protection our court system provides when such citizens are harmed by those agencies.

Constitutionally, when the government determines private property is needed for public use, it is taken through eminent domain. In that process the owner is due fair market value in compensation for any condemned property. The EPA not only refuses to compensate the Sacketts for effectively taking their land, they are assessing– or threatening to assess– ruinous penalties that greatly exceed the value of the land. They arrogantly claim the power to determine how certain property owners can use their land, while assessing fines or ordering actions that must be undertaken at the property owner’s expense. All of this is done at the administrative level, with no judicial oversight. In short, the EPA does not believe the Constitution applies to them.

A decision on this case is expected this summer. My fervent hope is that the Supreme Court will thwart this rogue agency and stand up for property rights and the right of people to have their day in court when they find themselves unwittingly accosted by the EPA.

My own district in Texas is no stranger to these issues. Again, with no evidence to support their decision, the EPA arbitrarily determined Matagorda County to be an “Ozone Nonattainment Region”, meaning the air quality is substandard. In fact, the population in this county has been decreasing and the small amount of emissions reported from Matagorda County has actually declined in recent years. The Texas agency charged with environmental protection disagrees with the EPA. Yet Matagorda County, like the Sacketts, finds itself at the mercy of the EPA. New business and construction will be stymied until the Washington masters are satisfied.

Unless Congress acts, EPA bureaucrats will continue to inflict potentially devastating economic consequences on communities like Matagorda County and people like the Sacketts. Destroying the economy is no way to save the environment. A thriving economy and a fair judicial system that respects property rights and the Constitution provide the best protection of the environment.

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There will be no permanent relief. The U.S. government’s executive agencies publish 70,000 pages a year of new regulations.. These appear in the Federal Register. Few of these are ever reviewed by Congress. They are the law of the land.

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17 thoughts on “Ron Paul Blasts the EPA’s Theft of the Sacketts’ Land

  1. unless i miss by a wide margin this land will never be built on because it has been used by the govt as 1 of many small secret waste dumps that are spread throughout the land, better than the huge waste dums of back in the old days. these ppl will eventually be bought off and made to go elsewhere

  2. Every day, I see more and more reasons why we need R Paul in office… This Nazi gov has got to stop.

  3. You got that right Chad, we need Ron Paul more than ever. If he does get elected, we will have to worry about keeping him alive. We you take the "Money Pit" out of the hands of the criminals, they are going to grab at any thing they can.

  4. Patriot Diva says:

    This is a prime example of why Ron Paul wants to rid us of the EPA! One of the fundamental underpinnings of a free society is private property ownership. Dr. Paul understands this very well. He's got my vote! Ever wonder why all the smears against Ron Paul?????? He's the only candidate who actually WOULD change Washington. Oh there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by the elites, the establishment/RINO's, and the liberals if he wins! For America's sake, I pray that he does.

  5. FYI, Ron Paul isn't the only one who wants the EPA either eliminated or greatly scaled back. And despite your "conspiracy theory" of the criticism of Dr. Paul, it is his own positions and actions over decades which have helped define his as unelectable. But I still think he'd make a good Vice President; I hope Romney or Newt will give him serious consideration.

  6. REPUBLICANS NEED TO SUPPORT RON PAUL!!!!!!!! He is the only one that has a record of standing up for the Constitution and against Big Brother. The rest of them have records that just DO NOT support their reliability to do what has to be done!

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

  7. EPA must be stopped! Out-of-control rogue agency!


    I really like his ideas, nice guy, but how can a 76 year old run against a 50 yr. old in great shape? It would be another Dole or McCain!

  9. They're running for PRESIDENT,not running a marathon. Hell,if AGE is the issue,why not get a College kid on the ballot,while they still know everything?

    Ron Paul in 2012

  10. Not Impressed says:

    Some of what you are saying is true, but why should I listen to you? You are a worse nut-case that Ron Paul.

  11. Fighting Grandma says:

    Hey Bob, do you know how old George Sorros is? About 80! And how busy is he????


  13. How can a 76 year old man run against a 50 yr old in great shape? I can't say as I've ever seen BO out running like other presidents. He may not be fat but he isn't in as great a shape as you may think. I don't care if he's fat and ugly, I want someone that will do good for our country. Ronald Reagan was in his 70s and he was the greatest president in modern time. I want someone with morals, balls and patriotic pride running this country and BO has none.

  14. Once we had a goverment of the people, for the people and by the people. Now we have a goverment for the goverment and by the goverment. All because we the people are not paying attention to what is going on, sad. Four years ago, tons of information about the creep in your White house was out about him, but who had time to look at it? Very few. So now we all will suffer. Wake up folks. The end of your freedom is just around the corner.

  15. robert4729 says:

    people please go to team law .org and read myth 22 and pray for understanding thank you robert.

  16. They Keep Removing Our Constitutional Rights! Next They will outlaw all gun sales!
    If We Don’ WAKE UP AMERICA Now!!!
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    America is on the precipice of demise! http://www.inflation.us/videos.html
    Help WAKE UP AMERICA Now!!!
    Info @ http://www.wakeupamerica.com/constitutionalbeliev…. just as many conservative groups have, along with thousands of other people have joined WAKE UP AMERICA! I believe thousands more, hundreds of thousands, or millions more will help take back our republic with Wake Up America! So The POTENTIAL IS HUGE!
    Take Care and GOD BLESS!
    Mr. Harris

  17. LOUIS LA'MOUR would turn in his grave if he knew the gov. was picking on the Sackett clan or maybe Jubal will come in time!