WACO, Texas — The following statement was released by Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on May 25 in Sackett v. EPA that EPA clearly overstepped its authority under the Clean Water Act by restricting private property owners from developing their land despite being far from the nearest navigable water.
“The ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is a tremendous victory for private property rights and for farmers and ranchers in Texas and across the nation. The EPA overstepped its authority. This case represented blatant overreach by a federal agency that willfully disregarded the property rights of landowners in its application of the Clean Water Act. This issue has been a focus for many years, and it’s gratifying to see the rights of landowners protected and the authority of government reined in by the Court’s decision.”
–Texas Farm Bureau