One Judge to Decide Whether Radical Environmentalists Succeed in Destroying a Maryland Family Farm
Despite the fact that the original basis for their lawsuit was proven to be false, the Waterkeeper Alliance is still pressing forward with their lawsuit against a Maryland farm family.
From the Drover’s Cattle Network:
The Waterkeeper Alliance’s lawsuit dates back to 2009 when another environmental group, the Assateague Coastkeeper, flew a plane over Kristin and Alan Hudson’s farm and reported what appeared to be a pile of chicken manure draining into a nearby ditch. The material was later confirmed by the Maryland Department of the Environment to be treated sewage sludge from Ocean City, Md., which was used by the farm as fertilizer. Despite the corrected information, the Waterkeeper Alliance proceeded with its lawsuit.
The Hudsons grow corn, soybeans and hay, and raise cows and chickens on a 200-acre farm in Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
According to a report from The Baltimore Sun available here, the case now rests in the hands of Judge William N. Nickerson, who is presiding at the trial. Nickerson has expressed skepticism earlier this year about the Waterkeeper Alliance’s evidence and has noted that he could order the environmental group to pay legal expenses for both the Hudsons and Perdue Farms, for whom the Hudsons raised chickens, if no violation is found.
Let’s hope that Judge Nickerson does the right thing and rams this unjust lawsuit down the Waterkeeper Alliance’s throat. Doing otherwise will not only ruin an honorable families livelihood but will have national repercussions affecting our food production.