Our Klamath Basin
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Rancher/farmer response to Marshall Staunton's
settlement comments, 1/19/08
A point I would make is
that the proponents of this settlement, those that are irrigators,
stand to personally gain from this at the risk of others in our
If I was self-serving and I leased lands in the refuge, I would
see this as the bomb digitty. The fact is that I am in the cattle
business and this is going to unravel our business. It is more
like an Improvised Explosive Device.
We are also limiting our potential options. We now must work very
hard to improve on the way we get to what is being sold as "secure"water..........DEPENDING
UPON AVAILABILITY. I think that is an oxymoron.
I see the settlement as a great looking motor home we all are
agreeing to buy. From the outside, at 20 feet it looks pretty
good. As you walk towards it you begin to see some flaws. A bad
tire here, the need for a new set of windshield wipers there. When
you get inside, you notice that it has been used by a smoker. The
lavatory leaks and as a matter of fact all the plumbing has been
patched with tractor radiator hose.
It has potential. Perhaps we should agree to buy it understanding
that we can repair it and bring it to better than original
condition. We can move forward with the expedited adjudication and
use water transfers and conserved water statute etc etc.
Klamath Basin farmer and rancher
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:15 AM Pacific
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