Ranchers praise delay of controversial federal water rule

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  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Feb. 2, 2018 7:53 a.m.

    "Pruitt led one of many states' efforts to legally challenge the rule, which they complained as too broad and too vague. Pruitt's administration said it will rewrite the rule"

    Fox and the hen house, thanks Donald for more backward ideals, and more ecoli and oil in our water ways?

  • BJ61 South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 2, 2018 1:33 a.m.

    When Utah ranchers oppose the scientific community on an environmental issue, it's very easy to choose where there is wisdom and truth. Science. End of story.

    Scott Pruitt isn't worthy to run the EPA; his goal is to destroy the agency and ensure that business always "trumps" clean air and water. When we become accustomed to polluted waterways (including ranch produced fecal matter), we won't even remember what we've lost. We'll simply become the proverbial boiled toad.

    Real estate agents, former attorneys for polluters, ranchers, and ATVers making all of the "environmental" policies now! We sell our birthright for a mess of pottage every day.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    Feb. 1, 2018 9:28 p.m.

    It is too bad government still tries for over reach. It is often through the results of those who make a living off the land that the true micro-environmental problems are identified. My uncle, who is a rancher, and his fellow ranchers have brought many polluters to the attention of the BLM and EPA. In addition, they, their families, and ranch hands spend weeks every year cleaning up after backpackers, campers and hunters who have visited and ignored posted signs requesting they pack out their trash and waste. Also repairing streams, broken water troughs, salt licks and fencing that is used by both cattle and wildlife. And, this is mostly on public land they don't even own or use, but often upstream from public and private uses.

    Ranchers and farmers can't make a living off polluted or misused land which includes land upstream and downstream from their holdings. They are the first to notice pollution and problems on these lands because they are there every day, taking care of them.

  • cityboy Farmington, UT
    Feb. 1, 2018 8:59 p.m.

    When scientists are lined up on one side and the biggest polluters are lined up on the other, I know which side I choose to be aligned with. Re: protecting the nation's waters. A natural waterway is something that conveys water. Dry washes are natural waterways that convey water but not perennially (all the time) only intermittently (part of the time). Carrying water is how washes were formed. Ag folks would have the law state that it's OK to pollute as long as the pollution doesn't continually occur. That's a backward approach to preventing water pollution.

    The three biggest lies are purported to be: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you"; "I'll still love you in the morning"; and "Your check is in the mail". Just finishing outside of the top three is: "No one cares about the environment more than farmers and ranchers." The overwhelming evidence speaks to the contrary.

    As to EPA director Scott Pruitt, as Oklahoma's former AG there could hardly have been a worse choice to be the nation's chief defender of our air, land and water.