Multiple signs saying “Keep Facebook Off Our Beach,” have appeared along Sand Lake Road in Tierra Del Mar. Signs have also been posted in front of homes and at the community hall. Some residents of Tierra Del Mar are trying to stop Facebook from landing a trans-Pacific data cable on a beachfront lot in the tiny residential community.
To install the data cable, Facebook plans to bring in an industrial drilling rig, a large diesel generator, a semi-sized “mud reclaimer,” drill pipe stacks, a “mud pump,” a “solids dumpster,” offices, workshops and other large equipment to support the drilling operation.
Bentonite, a carcinogenic substance used in the drilling process will also be stored on the lot. Residents in Tierra Del Mar oppose Facebook’s use of a residential lot for its industrial activity and assert the County should not grant a “conditional use permit” to the mega-corporation based in Menlo Park, California.
Tierra Del Mar residents appealed to the State Land Board. But, the State Land Board dodged the issue and deferred the matter to the Tillamook County Planning Commission. The County Planning Commission has yet to take up the issue for determination. In the meantime, residents of Tierra Del Mar are posting signs and writing letters to share their concerns.
“This is a quiet residential community,” said Ed Ruttledge, a Tierra Del Mar resident. “It is not appropriate for Facebook to swoop in and turn it into a noisy, dirty and dangerous drill head operation. We look forward to the support of County leaders in keeping our community safe from Facebook.” Submitted by residents of Tierra Del Mar.