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  • It’s highway robbery: How this environmental group is stealing a road SC needs

    02/21/2018 8:12:46 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The State ^ | February 15, 2018 | Tom Rice
    Columbia, SC Once again, a group of obstructionists who like to call themselves environmentalists is trying to steal opportunities away from South Carolina. The Coastal Conservation League and Southern Environmental Law Center filed a suit in federal court a week before Christmas to halt the construction of Interstate 73, highlighting their continued disregard for the public good. These groups say the environmental impact of I-73 is too high. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The federal government requires that any new highway be constructed along the least environmentally impactful route. Fifteen state and federal agencies have spent 16 years...
  • Trump posts first order of business – kill the Climate Action Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule

    01/22/2017 10:47:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 53 replies
    Watts up with Thar? ^ | o January 20, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    From USAToday:Trump begins with call to kill climate action planWASHINGTON —- As President Trump delivered his inaugural address Friday, his new White House team posted a proposal to eliminate President Obama’s environmental regulations. “For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule,” reads the top issue brief on the new president’s White House web site. “ New executive actions are expected later Friday as the nation’s 45th president begins his administration.”At...
  • Stop building new roads until we know the threat to the environment (Oh, dear!)

    12/29/2016 7:59:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | December 10, 2016 | Kenneth M. Lee
    After seeing all the damage from the recent hurricane, it’s time for South Carolina to abandon projects such as Interstate 73. There’s been a lot of fallen trees and a lot of flooding. What makes the state believe that flooding of urban areas is not being caused by the filling of wetlands, the heightening of new roads, and putting more concrete pilings in drainage basin areas? Before building any more roads, an environmental impact study should include what hindrances there will be to water drainage after all those waterways are filled with dirt, concrete piers and steel rebar. Water from...
  • Congress moving to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands

    06/10/2015 7:59:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2015 5:00 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Congressional Republicans are pushing to block an Obama administration rule designed to protect water quality in small streams, tributaries and wetlands before it goes into effect later this year. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would force the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw and rewrite rules issued in May that clarify which of those smaller bodies of water are regulated under the Clean Water Act. The EPA says the rule will protect the waters from pollution and development and safeguard drinking water for 117 million Americans. Republicans in...
  • Puddles-R-Us

    05/28/2015 10:11:42 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-28-2015 | MOTUS
    Now that Big Guy has personally taken control of all of America’s waterways and puddles: President Obama’s administration on Wednesday claimed dominion over all of America’s streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands — perhaps even puddles — in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority. – Washington Times How long before the Republicans accuse him of causing the floods in Texas and Oklahoma? Because, you know, he hates white people.   Butt the good news is – “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to...
  • EPA decides that pothole full of water on your property just might be a wetland

    05/28/2015 9:09:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/28/15 | Dan Calabrese
    And that gives them jurisdiction over it No act of Congress is involved here, but since when is that significant when we’re talking about the Obama Administrative State? The Clean Water Act of 1986 gives the EPA authority to claim jurisdiction over wetlands, and the language in the act leaves a bit of room for interpretation concerning just what a wetland is. You know what the Obama EPA will do with that, right? Wetlands are supposed to be protected because of their importance to ecosystems. That’s why the act talks in terms of water with a significant nexus to a...
  • EPA land grab? Agency claims authority over more streams, wetlands

    03/25/2014 3:37:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2014
    In what critics are describing as a government land grab, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change Tuesday to the Clean Water Act that would give it regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways. The proposal immediately sparked concerns that the regulatory power could extend into seasonal ponds, streams and ditches, including those on private property. "The ... rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history," said Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The EPA proposal would apply pollution regulations to the country's so-called "intermittent...
  • Got a wet yard? EPA will take control

    10/23/2013 10:10:23 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 36 replies
    WND ^ | October 22 2013 | Bob Unruh
    Forget Obamacare, its online health-care records, death panels making decisions on your treatment and other privacy-invading provisions. Forget the Internal Revenue Service agenda. As well as the National Security Agency spy programs. It seems the most egregious infringement on Americans’ rights could come from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA, according to critics in Congress, “intends to expand federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act to include even the most isolated wetlands, seasonal drainages, and prairie depressions.” The proposed rushed change in regulations would assert “unprecedented control” over private property across the United States, opponents assert. Several members of...
  • EPA's 'unprecedented' power grab for private property

    10/19/2013 9:20:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2013 | Rick Moran
    Two Republican House members have sent a letter to the EPA questioning new rules being formulated that would give the EPA sweeping authority over streams and wetlands on private property. The EPA is justifying the rules by saying it's part of its mandate to enforce the Clean Water Act. But Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah), both ranking members of the Science and Technology Committee, doubt the EPA's science in justifying the regulations and want the agency to slow down and get other opinions.
  • From Ancient Deforestation, a Delta Is Born

    09/17/2012 11:43:59 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies
    Green Blog -- N.Y. Times ^ | 9-14-2012 | RACHEL NUWER
    Humans were tampering with nature long before the Industrial Revolution’s steam and internal combustion engines arrived on the scene. The invention of agriculture around 8,000 years ago, some argue, significantly changed ecosystems as it spread around the globe. Although scientists are only just beginning to understand how these ancient alterations shaped our world today, a new study in Scientific Reports suggests that millennium-old development along the Danube River in Eastern Europe significantly changed the Black Sea ecosystem and helped create the lush Danube Delta in Romania and Ukraine. “My team had a big surprise,” said Liviu Giosan, a geologist at...
  • Assembly passes relaxed wetlands regulation

    02/22/2012 5:07:22 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-22-12 | Jason Stein and Lee Bergquist
    Madison - In another late-night session Tuesday, the Assembly approved major changes to wetlands regulations to ease restrictions over development in Wisconsin. The bill passed on a voice vote and now goes to Gov. Scott Walker, who has said he will sign it. The Assembly also unanimously passed legislation Tuesday adding cellphone text messages to the state's no-call list. The vote Tuesday on the wetlands legislation follows action in the state Senate on Feb. 15, when senators voted, 17-15, to approve the wetlands bill. Realtors, builders and property rights advocates pushed for the legislation, saying current law hamstrings development. The...
  • Mowing error may have led to $950,000 land purchase in Newport News

    02/22/2012 4:29:00 AM PST · by csvset · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Press ^ | February 16, 2012 | Joe Lawlor
    NEWPORT NEWS — It might have been the most expensive mowing job in city history — as Newport News is now paying $950,000 to buy a property it shouldn't have mowed. This weedy tale began in summer 2010, when City Farm inmates on a work detail for the Codes Compliance Department mistakenly mowed property off of Jefferson Avenue. The city was responding to a high weeds complaint, but did not realize that the 37-acre property in Denbigh was protected wetlands, officials said. "After the fact, we found out that it was wetlands and we shouldn't have mowed it," said Harold...
  • The EPA Had a Bad Day at the Supreme Court

    01/10/2012 7:50:42 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Reason ^ | Jan 10 2012 | Damon Root
    Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency. At issue is whether the EPA’s use of “administrative compliance orders,” which are essentially government commands issued to property owners, should be subject to judicial review under the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause. In other words, when the EPA tells a homeowner to stop building because of a possible violation of the Clean Water Act, does that homeowner have the right to promptly challenge the EPA in court? As Robert Barnes observes in The Washington Post, “Justices across the ideological spectrum appeared troubled by...
  • Supreme Court appears sympathetic to Idaho couple in 4-year battle with EPA

    01/10/2012 8:24:22 AM PST · by epithermal · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 10, 2012 | Robert Barnes
    Conservative members of the Supreme Court seemed outraged Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions in a four-year battle with an Idaho couple who want to build a house on land the EPA says contains sensitive wetlands.
  • Justices criticize EPA’s dealings with Idaho homeowners

    01/09/2012 10:26:29 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 88 replies · 10+ views
    WASHINGTON — Several Supreme Court justices are criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners. The justices were considering whether to let a North Idaho couple challenge an EPA order identifying their land as “protected wetlands.” Mike and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake wanted to build their house on the land. But the EPA says the Sacketts can’t challenge the order to restore the land to wetlands or face thousands of dollars in fines. Justice Samuel Alito called EPA’s actions “outrageous.” Justice Antonin Scalia noted the “high-handedness of the agency” in dealing with private property. Chief...
  • Idaho Couple's Permit Fight Drags Wetlands Back to Supreme Court

    09/19/2011 5:55:12 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 30 replies
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho -- Sitting unobtrusively across the road from a pristine lake in the northern Idaho panhandle, the half-acre lot covered with weeds and piles of gravel isn't much to look at. And yet, in a few months' time, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will decide its fate. For four years the land has sat idle while its owners, Mike and Chantell Sackett, have been locked in a fight with U.S. EPA.
  • GOP conservation cuts rile sportsmen

    07/13/2011 12:46:33 PM PDT · by sinanju · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/13/11 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    Back in power, House Republicans may have poisoned the well with their austere spending strategy, including the fiscal 2012 interior and environment spending bill that is on track for approval Tuesday in the Appropriations Committee. Under the legislation, the Interior Department’s overall budget would fall $720 million from fiscal 2011. A popular land and water conservation fund would see a more than 80 percent cut to $62 million, while funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act would get a 47 percent reduction to $20 million. State Wildlife Grants would also be cut 64 percent to $22 million. Wildlife-themed riders...
  • The end of Half Moon Bay?

    08/28/2010 6:57:20 AM PDT · by granite · 30 replies
    San Mateo County Times ^ | Updated: 08/28/2010 03:53:43 AM PDT | By Julia Scott
    HALF MOON BAY -- Between budget losses and lawsuit payments, Half Moon Bay's financials have become so dire that if a local sales tax measure doesn't pass this November, officials say they may have to disincorporate. City leaders have been using the "D" word for a few weeks now as they try to persuade voters to pass Measure K, a one-cent sales tax increase that would help the city balance its budget with an extra infusion of $1.4 million per year for the next seven years. Dissolving Half Moon Bay -- handing the city's budget, operations and services to San...
  • Louisiana's Jindal: Where's Obama?

    05/25/2010 4:42:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 1,299+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 25, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Emergencies: As frustration with the federal response grows, Louisiana's governor lashes out at the feds for doing little except blame BP for the Gulf oil spill. Meanwhile, Congress sees a chance to raise your gas taxes. While the Obama administration continues on its quest to fundamentally transform America, the largely unabated Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatens to fundamentally transform the ecosystems and economy of Louisiana and the Gulf region. The federal government's response so far has consisted largely of scapegoating BP and ignoring its own responsibilities and lack of preparation, railing against Big Oil, while Congress...
  • Bird Slide Show, with Music

    03/18/2010 11:19:42 PM PDT · by 51773photo · 1 replies · 200+ views
    Zenfolio Slideshow ^ | March 18 2010 | Jesse Ellis
    Some photos we took of some birds while we were trying to avoid the News.