Skip to comments.Obama Proposes Giving EPA More Power Over Water
Posted on 04/28/2011 8:17:39 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
The Obama administration proposed new guidelines Wednesday that would boost the government's ability to protect streams, wetlands and other sensitive waterways from pollution.
Business and property rights groups said the policy would stifle economic growth by generating more red tape for builders of homes and shopping centers, but environmentalists defended it as essential step to provide clean drinking water and protect waterfowl habitat.
Administration officials said their goal was to clarify which waters are subject to federal regulation under the 1972 Clean Water Act, a question that two Supreme Court rulings in the past decade have not resolved.
"Today about 117 million Americans _ more than a third of the U.S. population _ get their drinking water in part from sources that lack clear protection from pollution," Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson said. "At the same time, businesses and regulators face uncertainty and delay" when seeking development permits.
EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers said the plan would not take effect until after a 60-day public comment period. Even then, it won't have the force of law, although field staffers will refer to the document when considering whether they have jurisdiction over particular waterways. The agencies' next step will be developing a set of binding regulations, Jackson said.
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It’s not just oil. This “wetlands” thing is TOTAL control over property. They are preventing people from doing ANYTHING to their property and destroying people with multi-million dollar fines, taking their property. The EPA is a NIGHTMARE.
This is becoming more like the old Russia more every day.
You took the words right out of my mouth.
I hope President Palin dissolves the EPA
and the ATF
and The “Department of ‘Education”’ otherwise known as the ministry of propoganda.
cut welfare and SS administration IN HALF (not payouts- administration) end crazy checks, mandatory 10 year jail term for welfare fraud etc etc...
If you have a puddle on a dirt driveway that never goes away it’s considered a Wet land.
It’snot the law I fear, it’s the regulations written by some nut in charge of an agency like the EPA.
Laws we can fight, regulations do not come from the legislature, but by some bureaucrat azzhole.
Projecting a bit are we?
I live on a lake in GA. Thankfully Georgia Power manages this lake but the army corps manages the lakes that feed me and manage the Chatahooche river. I love the Army but they are clueless on “dam” management down here.
These proposals by the EPA with the corps as enforcers would be a disaster down here as far as use and enjoyment. And the EPA hasn’t got the slightest on-the-ground knowledge. Meetings I’ve been to with them in attendance feature snarky feminist eco nuts intent on protecting some damn inedible clam that lives in shoreline sludge - at the expense of any humans. A pox on all of them.
Power of water and carbon dioxide is getting close to total control. It’s no surprise that Obama wants this.
Seems as if S. 878 from the 111 Congress is being re-born.
The EPA has also been given the authority to set it’s own fines and penalties. Sort of like the IRS. If they get their talons into a company or industry, they will strangle it until it dies.
Where the heck are the republicans? They’ve got the house. They can defund this and other rogue agencies, but they’re too busy “reaching across the aisle” and crying.
END THE EPA NOW!
And yet our cowardly GOP leadership will do nothing! The TEA Party rebellion MUST expand with the new GOP/TEA reps! They must overthrow the old seniority rules as to leadership, defund EPA, NLRB and other vehicles of Obama tyranny!!! Fear never wins Mr. Speaker!
boehner... boehner... boehner... BOEHNER?????????????
In obama’s second term we’ll never know what hit us until after the totalitarian like regulations are in effect. Set in place by presidential fiat...executive order...in contempt of our Constitution. In a second term this clown will be completely unhindered in his quest to ruin this country. That’s why we need to get our crap together in a hurry!
More government, bigger government, more expensive government - that's the Obama way.
“This wetlands thing is TOTAL control over property. They are preventing people from doing ANYTHING to their property”
I used to know a gal whose house was on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. Small township. Her kid’s sandbox and swingset were in the side yard. The township re-graded the swale on her side of the street. Due to that re-grading, her side yard filled with runoff every time it rained. She had dirt hauled in to raise the level, and planted new grass. The EPA came down on her like a ton of bricks.
Life is beginning to imitate The Simpsons Movie:
EPA Soldier: I’m afraid we lost them, sir.
Russ Cargill: Damn it! Well, then you find ‘em, and you get ‘em back in the dome! And to make sure nobody else gets out, I want roving death squads around the perimeter 24-7! I want 10,000 tough guys, and I want 10,000 soft guys to make the tough guys look tougher! And here’s how I want them arranged: tough, soft, tough, tough, soft, tough, soft, soft, tough, tough, soft, soft, tough, soft, tough, soft!
EPA Soldier: Sir, I’m afraid you’ve gone mad with power.
Russ Cargill: Of course I have! Have you ever tried going mad without power? It’s boring, no one listens to you!
Anyone trying to take my land over some EPA water rule will have to take all my ammo first, in the manner in which I choose.
Oh, so true!
Once you’ve abliterated the US economy, devalued the US currency, blocked oil production on US soil, then that next most important step is controlling the water supply.
That way you have the whole populous by the nards
Do you ever have that figured out! No BS there FRiend!
Of course they want control of production of energy, but more importantly to human life is the WATER. Those within govt already control where, when, why and how of water acquisition. Without free and unfettered access to water on your private property, how free are you? Answer is, not free at all.
The majority of the population now rely almost completely on the Government for their ability to live or function.
This thing is almost over for us and nobody even notices or cares.
Electoral theft is a specialty of 0’s minions from hell. After he is reelected, along with control of the House and Senate, just one death in the USSC means total control. It is coming, get ready for IT. IT is, just what is feared, totalitarian US govt, mowing down opposition with an army, and an army of bureaucrats backed up by “law abiding” citizens. I am not predicting it, I FEAR THIS DEEPLY.
If you have no money to purchase water, and no access to water without purchase from the govt, you can live only 3-5 days. Although living 2 days without water has been described as living hell.
The problem with that is, after the first, the majority of the population were devoted Christians and had strong moral convictions.
Today, most of the population is mostly just secular and amoral and would have no clue how to find a spiritual conviction.
Yes, it is surreal to watch. The scary part is the dual-pronged support for the advancement of a socialist type of government is fueled by both elite-minded classes of and by working class, lower-wage earning or non-working sheeple.
These ignoramous’s are paving the way for our own demise, in the name of power and subsidy.
On one side of the isle you have some contently dismantling our freedoms to gain power and on the other side you have the blind “huddled masses” going along with their game plan in exchange for a little more perceived comfort.
It’s a great thing that up here the Great Lakes area we have a compact with all the surrounding states and Canada.
The Kenyan is NOT free to redistribute the water here.
Yep. That kind of thing happens from time to time. It drops off the news after 24 hours or so.
Oh good God!.....there goes fishing!....Damn you, Obama!
The EPA needs to be defunded and abolished- yesterday. And while we are at it, repeal the Endangered Species Act. It has nothing to do with the little animals and everything to do with the leftist agenda of destroying American industry.
Fracking has never been shown to cause one person to be exposed to illness as a result of chemicals, yet they are acting like the whole world will die because of it.
This is to keep the US oil industry from major expansion in new drilling techniques. It'a a Waxman thing.
Good Idea giving the EPA power over water. Now they can order it not to flood when winter snows melt and heavy rains come.
S if the Republicans get power back, they just shut den the ports in all the blue states due to water pollution. The left and the unins will beg for the EPA to be shut down.
More layoffs coming in Huston and the Lizard controversy will probably shut down all of West Texas.
Keep your powder dry........
They will go after fishing.
Think I’m joking?