Wyoming welder, facing $16M in fines, beats EPA in battle over stock pond

May 11, 2016

A Wyoming man threatened with $16 million in fines over the building of a stock pond reached a settlement with the Environment Protection Agency, allowing him to keep the pond without a federal permit or hefty fine.

Andy Johnson, of Fort Bridger, Wyoming obtained a state permit before building the stock pond in 2012 on his sprawling nine-acre farm for a small herd of livestock.

Not long after contruction, the EPA threatened Johnson with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $37,500-a-day fine — claiming he needed the agency’s permission before building the 40-by-300 foot pond, which is filled by a natural stream.

“It was very threatening,” Johnson, a professional welder and married father of four, said of the EPA’s compliance order against him.

  • bygeorge

    This, the Bundy Ranch incident and Burns, Oregon is just the beginning. Get ready We already saw Ruby Ridge, Waco and the Eliean Gonzales incident that proves the Federal Govts. despotism.

  • TeaPartyPatriot


    Vote in November




    • Ken says

      I sure do like that better than “Wicked Witch of the White House” – aka Bill’s Enabler OR “Hag in a Bag” OR “Huma’s Boyfriend” – not to be confused with Huma’s Husband Tony Wiener the Peter Prankster.

      • TeaPartyPatriot

        Use it and spread it around the internet. You might get luck and really piss some liberal/regressive/socialists off

  • Rodney Steward

    The Gov. is getting out of hand, PERIOD! And the EPA like a lot of Gov. agencies need to be done away with, this is not Russia yet!!

    • Lily Haley

      Completely agree.


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