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The residents were upset that the
But the residents of
The residents, all of whom are in the visual distance to the water tower, said that construction of the water tower would impact their views. They argued that during construction and after the tower was built, there would be excessive traffic and noise. They argued that the presence of the water tower and the constant traffic would lower property values.
In 2012, Tillerson earned
When you have that much money, every million or so dollars matters, especially if a large ugly tower impacts not just your view but your quality of life and the value of your property.
Large ugly rigs, the kind that go up when
When the rigs go up, all property values decrease. Banks and mortgage companies are refusing to lend money to families who wish to take out second mortgages or who wish to buy property that has wells on it or is even near a well pad. Insurance companies are not writing policies, even if the homeowner opposes drilling but whose home is near those well pads.
Thus, the energy industry is telling the people there will be accidents. There will be deaths. There will be health and environmental consequences. But, they are acceptable because "mitigation" allows a corporation to accept errors, injuries, illnesses, environmental destruction and even death if they believe there is a "greater [financial] good" that outweighs those risks. It is the same argument that Ford used in the 1970s when it decided the cost to recall and repair the Pinto - about
There is something more about
The 12th part of the Scout Law is to be reverent. A widely accepted interpretation of that law, according to
Protesting the construction of a water tower because it might lower property values is Tillerson's right as a citizen. But destroying God's world is not his right.
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