Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Brunswick Farmer Vows to Appeal in Massive-Pile-of-Manure Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Brunswick Farmer Vows to Appeal in Massive-Pile-of-Manure Case

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Farmer vows appeal in wall-of-manure case

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MONCTON, N.B. - A bizarre feud over Lee Murray's massive pile of manure has left the New Brunswick farmer steaming mad.

The ugly quarrel with Murray's next-door neighbours, the Gallants, made international headlines this week when a judge ordered he pay them $17,000 in costs and damages, saying he had used his tractor to build a fetid wall of feces along the Gallants' property line to make them miserable.

Murray, who has lived all his life on Indian Mountain near Moncton, N.B., said Thursday he is planning to file an appeal.

"There was a lot of questions my lawyer didn't ask in court," he said in an interview from his home. "I've been self-employed all my life and this is the worst mess I've ever been into. This is nuts."

Murray, a cattle farmer, said his family got along just fine with Joan and David Gallant until about six years ago, when Joan Gallant complained about getting too much of the Murrays' junk mail.

"It was downhill after that," Murray said.

At the centre of the dispute is the Gallants' assertion that Murray and his son deposited hundreds of loads of raw cow manure on a strip of land adjacent to the Gallant property in November 2013.

"He was just roaring across with the tractor and the windows were shaking in the house," David Gallant said in an interview, adding that the pungent dumping continued into the wee hours.

The pile eventually grew to be about 18 metres long, 13 metres wide and as high as his nearby three-car garage, David Gallant said.

He said the smell was so bad, he couldn't stay in the building.

"I almost couldn't make it out the door," he said. "It was just suffocating in there. You couldn't catch you breath ... We're talking tonnes of manure here."

He said he asked Murray to move the pile, but he refused.

It sat there for the next 11 months. …

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