News articles and comment on the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous opinion in Sackett v Environmental Protection Agency are bursting with enthusiasm. But there's reason enough to sober up over this decision.
The EPA regulators clearly lost the battle on their compliance order strategy, but they have not lost the war on wetlands and taking private property of landowners.
In 2010, EPA filed 3,995 compliance orders, and in 2006 EPA filed 19,008 such orders. EPA is busy in taking away private property from land owners.
The Sacketts of Idaho, who are trying to build a house on 0.63 acres, are in for a long, expensive and time consuming slog with the EPA. One need only to look to EPA's most egregious case of spending over 22 years destroying the Charley Johnson family in Massachusetts, over the definition of a wetland. MORE.................