I saw your group mentioned in a good article in the Sunday Tulsa World newspaper. I am an oil and gas well operator in Oklahoma and got the short end of the EPA meaningless regulations on two occasions in the past two years. One was last summer when the sparse grass around oil storage tanks was 4-6" high and the inspector wanted it 2" high. He also fined me for not having a plastic 5 gallon catch bucket on the end of a oil pipe where the truck loads each month. I also had to "clean up" a 2' X 3' area under the pipe where oil has spilled for the past 15 years when the truck connects and disconnects his hoses. This was because that could with a heavy rain have run into a creek 1320' away thru two pastures and a 10% down grade. Really ? I have pictures. I switched out the dirt in the area and put a bucket on the pipe within 3 hours of the inspection but still had to pay $300.00. Mind you I have never had a spill or problem in 15 years. You would think a reasonable inspector would say "fix this today and I won't fine you". Nope. I went along with all the requirements of the inspector and didn't make a stink.
I also got fined $2,000.00 for not having 4" of heavy oil sludge cleaned out of two 200 barrel oil tanks inside a dike that had been shut in for 3 years. The dike is clean and the tanks were technically empty. No spills or problems here in years and years also. No homes within a mile either. But, I cleaned the tanks within 5 calendar days of his inspection and still had to pay the fine. The inspector said if there was a lightning strike the 3 barrels of heavy asphalt substance might catch fire. But again I was not given any time to comply, and none of us have the time to read a big book of regulations to find out where we can get fined. We are safe and responsible because our livelihood depends on it.
I hope Scott Pruitt the new director of the EPA will get rid of this kind of heavy handed stupidity.
Silvertin Farm Production, LLC
You emails keep me apprised of current event in the smaller government movements and are basically conservative which is my preference with all government programs, policies and Constitutional issues. Keep up the good work. From a Tea Party organizer and member who believes government is totally out of control in all areas.
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