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water protection

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Petition to Burlin Matthews, T , cleanwater@iowaagriculture.gov , Clay County Board of Supervisors, Steve King, Megan Jones, Chuck Grassley, Iowa DNR- Clay Co Paul Petitti, Iowa State House, Iowa State Senate, Iowa Governor, Iowa lieutenant governor, Iowa Dept of Ag Bill Northey, Joe Skow, Barry Anderson, Dan Skelton, Randy Swanson, Attn Al & Chris Swanson family, Swanson Family, Keith Kratchmer, Jen Sorenson, Reynold Peterson, Frank Petska, William Orrison, Steve Bomgaars, Leann Jacobsen, Ron Hanson, Rich Prentice, George Moriarty

Stop IA Select (Factory Farm) Hog Confinements in ClayCo. & Join Master Matrix Moratorium

We – the undersigned residents of Clay County & other communities in support – strongly oppose the application & approved DNR Permit 2017.33 for location Section 14 Lincoln Township (T95N, R37W), [[EDIT Permit withdrawn 9/25/2017 woohoo we WON this one!]] by factory farm giant Iowa Select Farms, under the name Bluejay Farms I, LLC for this particular project, to build a confinement housing 5,000 head of hogs, 2500 each building.  The proposed site is [[WAS- there is ALWAYS more sneakin in]] 1¼ mile west of Hwy 71, on 420th St.; & is 2,810ft to 3 miles from dozens of neighbors & the Rossie & Greenville communities. This will pollute our air, water, and soil, threaten our health, lower the value of our homes and farmsteads, & hurt nearby businesses, some who spoke publicly, including regular farmers & unique types sensitive to effects from hog confinements.  We call on Al & Chris Swanson, local land owners (Chris stated land sale not finalized at 8/29 Clay Co Board of Supervisors hearing) to withdraw/ cancel their land offer/ negotiations/ purchase agreement/ sale to Iowa Select [[EDIT 9/27/2017- DNR permit withdrawn BUT they have ALOT of land]] ; --AND/ OR-- for Iowa Select to withdraw this application due to community & peer opposition [[THEY DID!]],  –OR– for the Clay County Board of Supervisors to recommend denial & review of this application to the DNR & have permit revoked [[Vote was set for 9/26/2017 but Iowa Select withdrew!]]. –AND--  for Clay County officials to further prevent Iowa Select, AND similar CAFO's under any pseudonym, alias or LLC, to ever build any (more {edit} found out others already! 8.29.2017/ Spencer Daily Reporter article, opposition to the project. Must stop them- no more!) confinements in Clay County, Iowa. Help us keep this large factory farm from taking over our county (edit- 2-4 already here!) beginning with preventing this proposed location, Rossie Finishing Facility & also requesting banning/ no permits/building allowed in Clay Co. #ClayCoSaysNoIowaSelect #ClayCoNoMoreFactoryFarms  PETITION UPDATE 9/26/2017! 1 VICTORY for ClayCo! Read what ACTUALLY happened! Also-Oct 10! 11AM BoardOfSup's mtg- PLZ ATTEND! Clay Co Against Iowa Select (Factory Farm)SEP 27, 2017 — We are happy to announce Iowa Select/ Bluejay Farms WILL NOT BE PROCEEDING with the Rossie Finishing Facility in Lincoln Twnshp!!! Very great news!! TOGETHER we STOPPED this ONE BUT it's NOT OVER. Please join us Tues, Oct 10- 11am! Clay Co Admin Bldg, Spencer! We DO NEED PEOPLE to attend to ask that Clay County be the 18th county to sign onto a request to the legislature for a moratorium on new factory farms/CAFOs until adequate regulations are developed to protect Iowa's families or until Iowa's 750 impaired water bodies are reduced to 100 or less. Families near proposed now withdrawn Rossie Finishing Facility may have dodged a bullet, but the rest of rural Clay county is still in the cross-hairs for getting 5,000-8,000 hogs 1/4 mile from their own home or small town.  Below is ICCI's press release, whom we have been working with. The birds were known by Iowa Select prior to 8/29 mtg so we don't think that was the decider. Maybe 800+ signatures (THANKS!) & MUCH RESISTANCE & COMMUNITY AWARENESS  did though!!  From ICCI- Iowa Select withdraws two factory farm applications ahead of environmental hearings Iowa CCI members, residents in Clay and Wayne counties celebrate and demand moratorium on new factoriesDes Moines, Iowa – On Monday, Iowa CCI members and everyday Iowans celebrated as Iowa Select — the largest hog corporation in Iowa and 8th largest nationally — withdrew permit applications for two massive hog factories in Wayne and Clay counties. Both applications, which were overwhelmingly opposed by local residents and county supervisors, were likely to be appealed at the October meeting of the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). Locally organized oppositionResidents of Wayne County organized opposition, including a meeting with DNR director Chuck Gipp where over 100 neighbors demanded DNR deny the site, wrote letters to the editor, and successfully convinced their county supervisors to fail the Master Matrix and recommend denial to the DNR. The DNR overturned the Wayne County Supervisors’ decision. Wayne County appealed DNR’s approval of the factory farm, and a public hearing before the EPC was scheduled in October. “We’re celebrating this big victory, but we know that Iowa Select will try to reapply. We are relentless, and we’ll be ready. We don’t want any factory farms and we will fight any that Iowa Select proposes to build,” said Pam Woollis, CCI member and resident of Wayne County. In Clay County, local residents also organized, gathered petition signatures, and convinced their supervisors to recommend denial of the site, which again was overturned by the DNR. Clay County’s Board of Supervisors was set to vote on appealing DNR’s approval of the factory farm at its meeting today. “We are overjoyed at Iowa Select’s decision to not build their large hog factory beside our family. However, more importantly, the health of other farm familes and small towns is endangered by Iowa’s lack of regulations to protect the public health and our air and water,” said Sarah Lewis, who fought the 5,000-head factory farm near Spencer, Iowa. “We encourage our Supervisors to make Clay County the 18th Iowa county to call for a moratorium or changes to the Master Matrix until adequate regulations are implemented to protect our environment and familes.” Iowa Select avoids scrutiny“In its written notice to the Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Select cited several reasons for withdrawing, but we believe it’s because they are feeling public pressure and know that these appeals would further illustrate the failings of the Master Matrix,” said Erica Blair, community organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI). According to DNR’s construction review activity database, Iowa Select has seven pending facilities across the state in Grundy, Hancock, Hardin, Humboldt, Buena Vista, and Greene counties. CCI has received calls from residents of several of these counties asking how they can fight the incoming factory farms. Iowa Select has a long violation history, including at least 150 manure or ammonia releases polluting air and water, according to DNR’s facility spill database. “Iowa Select creates new LLCs, allowing the company to avoid scrutiny of past violations, making it difficult to know the true number of spills and violations,” said Patti Naylor, a CCI member and family farmer who lives in Greene County, where supervisors just approved a 7,490-head Iowa Select factory farm. “They’ve become experts at using the Master Matrix to their own advantage.” This news comes as many scandals are coming to the surface for DNR. CCI members point to the EPC and DNR’s dismissal of the Master Matrix petition, former DNR employee Gene Tinker’s claim that he was fired for educating counties about the Master Matrix, and DNR’s discovery of over 5,000 additional factory farms in Iowa. “It’s clear that we need a moratorium from this polluting industry. Our DNR, legislature, and Governor need to work for all of Iowans,” added Naylor. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is a statewide, grassroots people’s action group that uses community organizing to win public policy that puts communities before corporations and people before profits, politics and polluters. CCI has been fighting to put people first for over 40 years. Follow us on Twitter at @iowacci.

Clay County IA Residents, Friends & Neighbors Community Action Society
817 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Governor Gregg Abbott

Create A Nonresident Real Estate Tax For Texas

More people moved to San Antonio last year than any other metropolitan area in the US. 25, 000 to be exact. Other Texas cities aren't far behind. Most of these transplants came from California. The increased traffic, development, urban sprawl, and congestion is a nightmare. Worst of all are the policies they are trying to force on this area. People from California and New York are trying to make our cities like the dysfunctional ones they are fleeing from, obviously not realizing that such views and policies ultimately create the overwhelming problems they had in their former homes. In San Antonio this egregious problem has even earned the nickname "San Frantonio Syndrome." Furthermore, people from California and China etc. are buying up the Hill Country and other areas. Some are doing so for purposes of development, and some are just buying it up and subdividing into "ranchettes" which drives up land prices and fragments habitat. This continuous influx of people is going to increasingly strain our resources, primarily WATER. Already many springs and creeks no longer flow, especially in the hill country. It has to stop. We need to better preserve what makes Texas "Texas". Cities in Texas need to stop appealing to the companies in these places, and just to these places in general for immigration under the convoluted notion that growth and expansion is somehow beneficial. We need to de-incentivise their immigration. We need the opposite, and fast. Vancouver had a similar problem with people from China and California buying up all the real estate around the area and driving up the average home price to over half a million dollars. The local residents were left unable to afford a place to live and with general cost of living skyrocketing, they began to slide into poverty. They then passed a non resident real estate tax which shook these foreigners out of their market. It worked well. But now these same investors have turned their sights even more so on Texas (among other places like Seattle and Denver). Texas should care first and foremost about its own citizens. It should also preserve what defines this great state. This petition proposes that the state of Texas create a 20% real estate tax that is to be paid by anyone who has not been a Texas resident for at least 10 years, and 40% tax to any non resident developer buying wild lands (non residential) for purposes of sub dividing and developing it for housing parcels, industrialization, or businesses. Furthermore, there can be no transfer of title from a resident to a nonresident as an attempt to bypass taxation.

C Klaus
18 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at rezpectourwater.com.

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
561,864 supporters