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Sackett Facts and Circumstances

An opinion piece published in the Spokesman-Review sheds some additional light on the Sackett case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. As we've written before, the Supreme Court is only deciding a procedural point about how and when the Sacketts can challenge an EPA wetlands determination. Even if the Sacketts win their Supreme Court case, [...]

By |2012-01-26T10:13:08-08:00January 21st, 2012|Water|2 Comments

Sacketts Make Case Before Supreme Court, But What Would A Win Look Like?

By most accounts, it was a tough day for EPA in the Supreme Court on Monday. Although the Sacketts got their share of skepticism from the Justices, the EPA really took it on the chin during the oral argument of the Priest Lake wetland case. The issue before the court was whether a “compliance order” [...]

By |2012-01-13T19:52:21-08:00January 10th, 2012|Water|6 Comments

Constitutional Analysis of Wetland Cases .. for Dummies

Here's the thing to remember. We live in the United States of America. We are a nation of laws. We have a Constitution that gives Congress the authority to pass laws under enumerated powers. One of those powers is provided by the Constitution's commerce clause. Congress passed the Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court has affirmed [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:20:48-08:00December 4th, 2011|Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Land Use, Water|1 Comment

Sackett Lawyers are NOT Happy With KEA Blog

Well, it seems we've touched a nerve over at the Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation. They are NOT pleased with our recent blog posting about the Priest Lake wetland case. Pacific Legal Foundation represents the Sacketts in their procedural fight with the EPA. Of course, the "PLF Liberty Blog" doesn't really take issue with our analysis. [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:52:52-08:00October 19th, 2011|Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Water|3 Comments

What The Priest Lake Wetland Case Is Actually About

If you only read what is coming out of congressional offices and only watched Fox News, you’d certainly think that local heroes Mike and Chantelle Sackett from Priest Lake are about to go to the Supreme Court and bring down the whole EPA.  Finally, they say, the overreaching federal agency and their wetland tyranny will [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:52:30-08:00October 13th, 2011|Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Land Use, Water|14 Comments

Bonner County Approves Priest Lake Subdivision

The Bonner County Commissioners didn’t even blink when, yesterday, they approved the Sandpiper Shores subdivision on the north end of Priest Lake. The development crams 14 building lots on narrow uplands above a rare and valuable wetland habitat.  Ignoring several hours of testimony about wildlife impacts, wetland impacts, and legal inconsistencies, the Bonner County Commissioners [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:52:31-08:00September 8th, 2011|Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Land Use, Wildlife|2 Comments

Birds Can’t Read

Migrating birds can't read the signs in the lower Coeur d'Alene basin.  They don't know that much of the basin is contaminated with heavy metals, and they don't know that simply landing to rest and to feed could be lethal.  Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collects at least 150 dead tundra swans [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:47:50-08:00February 14th, 2011|Kootenai Environmental Alliance|2 Comments