Environmental empire building

June 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm • Posted in ALL POSTS7 Comments

Once again the Thurston county commissioners are increasing restrictions on landowners using the endangered species act, excessive wetlands regulations, or any other control they can. This is another step that the government uses for Empire building. I first heard this term used during the late “70’s” while working as an environmental chemist at the Dept of Ecology. I didn’t fully comprehend what the term really meant when I heard it because I was new to the agency, but over time, I came to realize that this practice was pervasive in all government agencies. It allows them to have more job security and to have more pay to perform these jobs. Ironically, many of these regulations put the public at greater risk for illness and death.
Wetland preservation increases our risk as well as many other mammals for exposure to giardia, cryptosporidium, fecal coliform, e-coli, and a host of mosquito related diseases. Protection of rodents such as prairie gophers, increases our risk for a host of other diseases including plague. Last week a man in Oregon was diagnosed with a form of the plague and raccoons were discovered to carry a form of distemper that is dangerous to our pets. What is next? Maybe they will require us to protect organisms which cause measles, mumps, chicken pox, polio, or leprosy? They might require us to allow mice and rats to run freely in our homes.
Government should be required to compensate landowners for this loss at five times the assessed value.