New Mexico Settles Case with Hobbs Dairy

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - The state Environment Department has settled a case involving groundwater discharge permit violations with the man identified as "Ed the Dairyman" by former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

The settlement includes a $3,000 penalty for High Lonesome Dairy owner Eddie Schaap, down from a $15,000 fine initially proposed by the state.

Environment officials said Thursday the settlement resolves a compliance order issued Nov. 3, which said Schaap failed to install a groundwater monitoring well. He began work on the well Nov. 19 and completed installation by Dec. 8.

During an October campaign stop in Roswell, Palin alluded several times to "Ed the Dairyman" after seeing someone in the crowd holding a sign that had identified Schaap that way.