Monday, November 2, 2015

For Purchasers of Ranches for Sale: Gov’t Compliance is a Necessity

A Wyoming rancher who obtained all the local permits and rights necessary to build a stock pond on his property—along with the approval of the state when it was finished—is now facing millions of dollars in fines because of said ranch construction project. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger is being fined because he failed to get his permit from the federal government. In a 2012 compliance order, the EPA told Johnson he had to revert his property back to its previous condition, before he had the stock pond built. Johnson was given a 30-day window to do so. When he refused to comply, the EPA charged him with fines of $37,000 per day. The total amount of the fine is now over $16 million.


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