Sometimes you just have to pick up and leave the toxic waste…
Calvin Tillman, the mayor of the town of Dish, Texas is moving out after natural gas drilling has made his town unlivable.
It all sounded so appealing. The nice men at the gas company assured them they were experts who knew what they were doing and that the process of removing the gas from the ground (called fracking) was safe. The money was a welcome boom for a sleepy little town that had gone so far as to change its name to Dish in order to get a deal with a satellite TV provider (no joke).
But then the problems started to creep in… or rather seep up through the ground. The air took on an acrid smell, the water was flammable, and people started getting unexplained nosebleeds. Tillman moved his family away after his son suffered a nosebleed that hospitalized him.
Ahh, companies… they don’t have to care about anything anymore. Good old deregulation. Conservatism you can smell.