We need industries for jobs and hopefully to inject some revenue into the local coffers to maintain roads, bridges, electrical grid, transportation, schools, emergency services; you know, all the things that government has been mandated to oversee by state and federal constitutions. But, we trust our local elected authorities to write, pass and enforce regulations to administer and control the safety and order of those industries for public protection. Surely they wouldn’t allow a corporation to introduce products or materials into MY neighborhood that are contrary to the health and well being of me, my family and my neighbors! Well, if you live in Texas that may not be true! In 2013 there was an explosion in a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas. It killed 15 people, 11 of whom were first responders, and sent another 200 to the hospital. The explosion turned an elementary school and 500 homes into rubble leaving a 93-foot-wide crater. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services records the plant had as much as 270 tons of ammonium nitrate at the site in 2012. To put that in perspective, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, used only 2.4 tons of ammonium nitrate and killed 168, injuring hundreds more.