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You Won’t Believe The Ridiculous Reason The Government Fined This Farmer $2.8 Million

You Won’t Believe The Ridiculous Reason The Government Fined This Farmer $2.8 Million

I grew up believing that your property was your property, that, if you owned a piece of land, it was yours to do what you want with. But, apparently, the Federal government, doesn’t think that is the case.

They have the bizarre idea that your land is theirs to do what they want with. And, at your expense, no less.

Take, for example, the case of John Duarte, a farmer in Red Bluff, California, who bought 450 acres of land so that he could farm it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers holds that he “violated the Clean Water Act by not getting a permit to discharge dredged or fill material into adjacent wetlands.” This is because water from his property drains into the Coyote and Oak Creeks which then drain into the Sacramento River.

Now, before anyone gets the idea that the government is acting reasonably and rationally here, understand that Duarte hired a consulting firm (at his own expense, mind you) before he started plowing to determine what parts of his land that he could plow. Once he had that information about how to comply with Federal government regulations, he started to farm the land (his land, remember?).

That’s when the Corps of Engineers decided that Duarte violated the law.

Duarte’s lawyer, Anthony Francois of the Pacific Legal Foundation, disagrees with the Corps of Engineers assessment. He said,

“The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] permit to plow to grow crops. […] We’re not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations.”

Francois continued,

“A plain reading of the rules says you don’t need a permit to do what he did. […] How do you impose a multimillion penalty on someone for thinking the law says what it says.”

Francois asks a great question, how do you fine someone for following the rules? Well, apparently, in California, the rules only apply in a way that makes sense to those living by government logic (which is probably why this looks insane to us).

It’s this kind of government overreach which kills freedom and stifles progress and growth in an economy. This is an utterly ridiculous situation, and, frankly, whoever decided to enforce the Clean Water Act in this way needs to be fired.



View Comments (21)
  • It is the nature of bureaucracies to expand their power, and they will do so relentlessly. This is a classic example.

  • Wait, this “act” took place under the Obama era…….no wonder, hell, the Govt. with Obama running it, that poor guy could have been put in the Federal Prison, plus a larger fine, and on top of that, Obama would have the man’s land taken over by the Govt. Let’s hope he voted for President Trump, ’cause Clinton would just carry Obama’s plans through.

  • His first mistake was to get any permit, and assessment. Once you are on the government radar nothing of you is safe. Thats the reason so many ignore the law and just go ahead. Now if he was a pot grower in Cal. he could have paid the agent of the Corp to look the other way…..Free buds for life….

  • Its now government for the government, government Unions, Government agencies….people aka citizens ” Please return to your FEMA camps and keep quiet…..

  • By now it should be becoming obvious that the past 8 years were a slow and steady set up for the failure of the USA. Globalist were licking their lips after crushing Europe and while they still have their hooks in the UK, Brexit has made their plans difficult at best.

    We’ve got to have 8 years of a president who wont follow Obama’s game plan like Hillary certainly would have. Once that group of Globalist gains control it will be nearly impossible to take it back. Make sure you vote with your wallet as well.

  • Reminds me of Monsanto scams. They would drive a truckload of Patented seed past fields and some seed would blow on the land and start growing. The farmer would loose all his product when his land was seized.

  • Wait, last I checked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was still part of the U.S. Army whose boss, last I checked, is the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Maybe their boss needs to remind them, or say better order them to worry about real issues concerning them like ISIS, Al Quaeda, the Taliban, North Korea, China, … not farming inside the United States. Maybe the officers who have soooooooo much time on their hands they want to regulate and fine farmers without martial law in effect need some more practice in the field on a drastically lowered rank and grade level, say Private E-1. I’m sure with all the places the Army is deployed to I’m sure a suitable demining project that will place them on their hands and knees can be located for them. If not there is always Antarctica as their next remote duty station where they will have all the time in the world to ponder the actual mission statement of the U.S. Army.

  • And now my fellow Americans is it sinking in that not any of us can trust our own government. I had faith in president Trump, but no more. He like every other politician have lied and betrayed every American Patriot and citizen yet people still believe in the system. Well here’s a news flash for you folks. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WANTS ALL OF US DEAD!!! They actually want the American people to revolt against Washington D.C. so that the president will call in our own military too kill the American Patriot. If you see things differently than this, then you are truly delusional. We have a race war now that’s only going to get worse because of every corrupt politician wanting to continue to line their pockets with our tax dollars and make backdoor deals that do not, I repeat do not benefit the American people in any way. And if you think for one second that the Muslim menace is going to be deported and just go away then you have another thing coming to you. We are a lost nation with no hope of finding our way back because we the American people let the politicians do what they wanted too do and look where it got us. Again I say, the United States government has betrayed their own people and there is nothing that you or me can do about it. From the Doomsayer!

  • As an old solider (80) I would think twice before sicking the U.S. military on the citizens because of the code they have taken. O- some of the sick-o’s will but then comes friendly Fire. The oath I took in 57 was “I will defend the CONSTITUTION against ALL enemies both DOMESTIC and Foreign and obey the LAWFUL ORDERS of those appointed over me” This oath had no exploration date. Hooraaa

  • “He [Trump] like every other politician have lied and betrayed every American Patriot and citizen…”

    You really need to back that up. Something besides just because you say so.

  • And your statement my friend this is happening at a rate that we have never before seen. The time for a revolt against the government is now. The American Patriot has lost the freedoms that we once had to defend our country, but no longer is it this way. Our government, that same self government that was put in place to protest and too help the people of this once great land have betrayed us all and we the people just let them do whatever it is that they want to do. I’m sorry to have to tell you this folks. The American citizen and Patriots are no more. We are truly a lost country.

  • California is a Democrat Party plantation, an seeing that Mr. Durante is an African American, I am not surprised that the party of Jim Crow (Democrat Party) is behind the persecution of Mr. Durante.

  • I believe that our President TRUMP is doing his best to change the things that was done to our country the last EIGHT YEARS.

  • That’s the excuse anyway, but is a fact the physically trespassed on private property supposedly to inspect it for their seeds, well how did they know to do that anyway if the farmer never once bought seeds from them? My theory is prior to that inspection, they physically showed up at planting time in the middle of the night and planted some of their seeds so it would for sure mix with the heirloom seeds and forever corrupt them.

    Maybe a couple years latter when they are sure the dead is done, that’s when the converge on the farm to inspect fully knowing the farmer is innocent and is standing in the way of their evil plan for full control of the worlds food supply, and everyone does have to eat.

    I believe this GMO dead seed is a corner stone leading up to the Mark of the Beast and the buying and selling of food. Save and propagate them every year, plant fruit and nut trees on your property and fight them at every turn.

  • Here’s a reason for you. He rescinded the order for the deportation of the children of the illegal aliens in our country when he expressly stated that all illegal aliens would be deported. Is this reason enough for you. It’s high time that the other countries except responsibility for their own people instead of the American taxpayer footing the bill through our taxes each and every year which by the way keep going higher each year.


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