The famous song “This Land is My Land”, originally written in the mid 1940’s included a verse that said,
- There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing;
This land was made for you and me.
Based on a case that recently made it onto the 2011-2012 docket at the United States Supreme Court, one could wonder if the verse has become the new manifesto of the EPA.
Mike and Chantell Sackett, Idaho small business owners, bought a property in a fully platted subdivision in 2005 that included city water and sewer hookups. It was the last remaining lot with homes on all three sides, county roads on two, and a view of Preist Lake only 500 feet away. Imagine their surprise, when after beginning to add gravel to their cleared lot prior to pouring their foundation, they were given a verbal order to halt construction from 3 officials from the EPA, claiming that they were in violation of a wetland area, and subject to fines of $37,500 per day if they failed to effectively CREATE a wetland by removing fill and planting wetland trees and grasses where none had previously existed!