In another blatant abuse of power by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency has seized the town of Riverton, Wyoming handing it over to the Wind River Indian Reservation.
The EPA, who has been asserting its power by seizing land across the country, has again unconstitutionally stuck its hands into State affairs, this time claiming it has the power to take an entire town. According to the Daily Caller, three government agencies, the EPA, the Department of Justice and the Department of Interior worked together to steal Wyoming land, which it then turned over to the Wind River Tribe.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is petitioning the EPA to reverse its decision, and says he will not accept the government’s order.
In a public Statement Gov. Mead said,
“My deep concern is about an administrative agency of the federal government altering a state’s boundary and going against over 100 years of history and law. This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from a state, where will it stop?”
A Pattern of Unconstitutional Land Seizures
This isn’t the first time the EPA has used their power to seize public land; in fact, we’ve covered many examples over the years of people who’ve been forced off their land for “environmental reasons.” And late last year, we reported on how the EPA was attempting to take control of the nation’s waterways, which could potentially cause millions of Americans to lose their property rights.
What’s going on here is very troubling; not only is the federal government blatantly stealing people’s land, but they’ve now gone a step farther and started to claim authority of something that should be a State issue.
We have a Constitution and laws for a reason and for any federal agency to so brazenly disregard those laws should be a major cause for concern for everyone in the country. We’ve allowed them to get away with it for so long, that they don’t even feel the need to hide their contempt for the laws of the country anymore.