Did Lax Zoning Lead to Texas Plant Explosion Carnage?
"It's tragic enough that maybe three dozen were killed because of the gross negligence of the owners of West Fertilizer Co in West, Texas," writes Moulitsas. "But compounding the carnage, it seems as if half the town was leveled including several schools and houses five blocks from the plant. But wait, there were houses five blocks from a fertilizer plant?"
"There is a reason zoning laws exist. But Texas being Texas, apparently the 'freedom' to set up shop next to a bomb trumps everything else—including the lives and properties of far too many in West."