Tuesday, February 25, 2014
ExxonMobile CEO Fights Fracking - in His Neighbourhood
Rex Tillerson has joined the fight against fracking in Denton, Texas. That's a little upscale spot where Tillerson happens to live.
The story broke on February 20 in the Wall Street Journal in an article entitled: "Exxon CEO Joins Suit Citing Fracking Concerns: Residents of Dallas Suburb Fight Construction of Tower That Would Provide Water for Drilling." As noted in a piece posted on Truthout in December of 2013, Denton is a hotbed of fracking activity. This has resulted in a citizen revolt against all the threats that fracking poses: toxic chemical use, acceleration of global warming, air pollution, water pollution, earth tremor risks, noise, airborne debris, bright night lights and more -- much more.
You can be sure that the CEO of ExxonMobil is a promoter of fracking, just not in his backyard in his estate just outside of Denton (but within Denton County). As a local ABC affiliate reported:
Rex Tillerson has joined a lawsuit to stop construction of a water tower near his $1.3 million estate on Dove Creek Road. That water would be used in fracking, a process to drill oil and gas.
Tillerson even appeared at a Bartonville Town Council meeting to speak against it.
Tillerson, of course, has a reputation for being a straight shooter, speaking his mind.
Don't let reality get you down, Rex. You have money, lots of it, and money talks.