State settles case with local dairyman

Freedom New Mexico

A local dairyman has committed to submit a plan to reduce
groundwater contamination at a Lea County dairy he owns, according to
the New Mexico Environment Department.

According to a department news release sent out Thursday, the
department issued a compliance order to Eddie “Ed the Dairyman” Schaap
of Ranchvale on Nov. 3 for failing to install a well to monitor
groundwater conditions beneath High Lonesome Dairy near Hobbs.

State regulations require such monitoring wells to detect whether
pollution prevention measures are successful, and the regulations allow
for civil penalties in the case of violations.

The settlement includes a fine of $3,000, according to the news release.

During an October campaign stop in Roswell, former GOP vice
presidential nominee Sarah Palin alluded several times to “Ed the
Dairyman” after seeing someone in the crowd holding a sign that had
identified Schaap that way.

According to the release, the installation process began Nov. 19 and was finished by Dec. 8.