Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson has made it his life’s work to promote and profit from Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking, and fight regulatory oversight.  However, when Tillerson’s own $5m property stood to be harmed and devalued, he filed a lawsuit to ensure that he will never have to deal with the negative consequences he is to merrily delivering to others.

As Think Progress reports:

The Wall Street Journal reports the tower would supply water to a nearby fracking site, and the plaintiffs argue the project would cause too much noise and traffic from hauling the water from the tower to the drilling site. The water tower, owned by Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation, “will sell water to oil and gas explorers for fracing [sic] shale formations leading to traffic with heavy trucks on FM 407, creating a noise nuisance and traffic hazards,” the suit says.

This is quite the turn around from the arguments Tillerson makes in his day job, to members of toehr communities who wish to escape the social and environmental impacts of the dangerous practice.

“This type of dysfunctional regulation is holding back the American economic recovery, growth, and global competitiveness,” he said in 2012. Natural gas production “is an old technology just being applied, integrated with some new technologies,”

He said in another interview.

“So the risks are very manageable.”

Exxon mobile pays Tillerson $40.3m a year to expand it’s oil and gas business. whose spills have leveled homes and destroyed regions.

Yet father less wealthy citizens unfortaunte enough to live in shale gas regions have objected to Fracking for far more serious reasons, such was the pollution and over consumption of community water supplies.

Tillerson is named on the lawsuit, which speaks volumes for the double standards applied on the basis of wealth.  It reads:

“These are luxury properties worth multiple millions of dollars. Each of the homeowners built or purchased their homes in Bartonville to live in an upscale community free of industrial properties, tall buildings and other structures that might devalue their properties and adversely impact the rural lifestyle they sought to enjoy”.

To summarise: “But..we thought we had enough money to never have to suffer the consequences of how we made our money!”



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Kerry-anne Mendoza is a writer, blogger and activist. She is the author of the Scriptonite Daily blog which explores matters of current affairs, politics, economics and ideas. She is also a contributor to New Internationalist, openDemocracy, Trebuchet Magazine, the Occupy News Network and others. She is based in the UK, and left her career as a Management Consultant having held senior positions in banking, local government and the NHS to be part of the Occupy Movement. She has since worked as a writer and campaigner for social, economic and environmental justice.