U.S. District Judge Terry Means in Fort Worth, Texas, has ordered Texas dairy producers Gerald and Pamela Oosten to pay $1.36 million in damages and court costs in a suit that claimed the dairy polluted a tributary to the Little Duffau Creek.
The suit was filed in June 2001 by Fred Parker and Chuck Markham, who own land downstream from the 1,950-cow dairy located about 20 miles southeast of Stephenville, Texas. The suit claimed the dairy polluted an unnamed tributary of the Little Duffau Creek, which in turn runs into the North Bosque River that supplies much of the water for the city of Waco.
The dairy had previously been cited for violations of the Clean Water Act and earlier this year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality voted 2 to 1 to deny the dairy’s application for a renewal of its permit.
The Oostens have already sold most of their herd to pay legal fees in this long drawn-out battle. To see the full article at the Waco Tribune-Herald, click here.