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Jan 08, 2016

Oregon Standoff, Energy, and Federal Abuses

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on January 8, 2016 – 12:25pm

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'Sparky' Hit by lightning in 2013

‘Sparky’
Hit by lightning in 2013

A U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) office is being occupied by armed zealots, and this is what the Department of the Interior, the mother agency of FWS, send out as its weekly update email: “Sparky” the bison hit by lightning in 2013 is still going strong. Really?

I’ll state this up front so there’s no room for misinterpretation: Ammon Bundy and his posse are serious lawbreakers whose actions I completely condemn. However, the federal abuses leading us to this sorry situation today deserve honest attention and systemic change. I can think of many things the Department should be discussing with the public today.

An honest discussion of how ranchers in the vicinity of the now-occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were slowly pushed out by bureaucrats intent on expanding the size of the refuge. The Hammonds, more tenacious than their neighbors, were harassed by federal officials over many years until ultimately they were prosecuted and convicted for setting a back fire that accidentally burned a small portion of BLM lands. Never mind that there areexamples of BLM fires damaging adjacent private lands. Just as EPA will face no repercussions from its spill into the Animas River while it imposes heavy fines on those who cause much smaller accidental spills, BLM doesn’t face repercussions when it damages private property.

The situation arises from too much federal ownership of land in the West. Whereas in the East and Mid-West lands were transferred as private property to individuals for farms, by the time the West was settled the government retained a vast amount of land. Ranchers are not “freeloaders” as they have been unfairly characterized by those who enjoy their own private property. They are admirably trying to make a living while feeding America, but are too often at the mercy of the federal government.

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