By John Bass
From Delta National Park - Saturday, Dec. 3,
Coalition response...If an individual signs a contract to purchase a vehicle and agrees to make monthly payments, is that individual allowed to stop the payments and keep the car? Didn't think so. If a couple signs a contract to purchase a house and make monthly payments, are they allowed to continue living in the home if they stop making payments? Didn't think so. It is federal law that places a legal and contractual obligation on the federal government to provide a drainage service to the lands that include Westlands Water District. Federal courts, including the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, have upheld this contractual obligation.
The author chooses to ignore this legal and contractual obligation and instead attempts to portray the farmers of Westlands as evil people who produce an alleged toxic brew. Overlooked is the fact that selenium is a naturally occurring mineral. Overlooked is the fact that years ago the federal government attempted to uphold its legal obligation by providing drainage service from the lands. Overlooked is that the results of this drainage attempt resulted in the drainage system being plugged. Overlooked is the fact that Westlands farmers continued to produce a healthy and safe food supply despite this alleged toxic brew that the author insists is a threat.
The legal and contractual obligation to provide the drainage service still exists today. Congress has yet to appropriate the funds for this project. Meanwhile, discussions are ongoing to determine how best to provide this service and under what arrangement. After all, a contract was signed.
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By Michael Campana
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