During his presidency, Barack Obama overreached many times to grab power and land but his biggest power grab was the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. That rule gave the federal government total control of all water in the United States including mud puddles. Think that’s an exaggeration? Not so. An Idaho couple, Mike and Chantell Sackett, filled in their yard where puddles would appear after a heavy rain and the EPA decided that was illegal even though the property was in the middle of a housing community. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court where the EPA was defeated. The EPA tried to use coercion by threatening to fine them $37,000 a day if they challenged them in court.
A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to 11 more states against former President Barack Obama’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule Friday, Politico reported.
A federal judge in North Dakota exempted 13 other states from the rule in 2015 after the rule was finalized. Friday’s wave of injunctions, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of Georgia’s Southern District, symbolizes the growing opposition to the rule. (RELATED: POLL: Most Americans Support Trump Rewriting Obama’s ‘Waters Of The US’ Rule)
“The WOTUS rules are a blatant power grab by the EPA,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, said in a June 2017 statement. “The federal government exceeded its statutory authority by attempting to regulate areas that Congress never intended to be under federal jurisdiction, and directly infringed on the states’ ability to regulate their own natural resources.”
A lawsuit filed in Texas would block the rule nationwide. Obama’s legacy is fading fast and he should be thankful because it was a pretty crappy legacy.