TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. (AP) – A county board in Oregon has voted in favor of a project that’s pitting residents of a tiny town against one of the world’s biggest tech companies.
The Tillamook County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to allow Facebook to use a beachfront lot in Tierra del Mar to build a landing spot for a trans-Pacific fiber optic cable.
Residents worry vibrations from drilling for the cable landing will damage septic systems and foundations of some of the town’s roughly 200 homes.
They also point out that Tierra del Mar is zoned residential and say the project could pave the way for other commercial ventures.
Residents say they plan to appeal the decision to a state board.