Residents of a small village of Boca Chica (Boca Chica) in the state of Texas accused the American billionaire, the head of Tesla and SpaceX Elon musk in an attempt to destroy their village. Reported by the Daily Mail.
In 2014 the entrepreneur has purchased land for the construction of the spaceport near the village of Boca Chica. The object includes a launch pad, the mission control center and Assembly facility for the production of manned spacecraft Starship, which Musk plans to launch to Mars.
In 2015, the billionaire has been actively buying up in the village with only 35 homes real estate to expand the construction. At the request of the SpaceX, in exchange it offers local residents the amount of three times the market value of the property. However, information refute homeowners.
So, according to 12 people, who continue to live in Boca Chica, the company not only offers their home for a price far below the market, but also exerts pressure on them to force the transaction. They also said that SpaceX is convinced the dangers of launching space ships for man, and in parallel, turned Boca Chica in the place of residence of the workers of the cosmodrome. One of the residents likened the actions of the Mask, who was born in South Africa, with the regime of apartheid — policy of racial segregation, held in South Africa in the years 1948-1990.
Homeowners argue that many are still forced to accept the conditions of SpaceX because of the Texas law that allows the expropriation of private property in case there is the approval of the authorities and provided reasonable compensation. The state government supported the construction of the spaceport in Boca Chica, as the company will open many new jobs.
In November 2019 the first tests of a prototype ship Starship Mk1 from SpaceX on the ground in Boca Chica failed. Emergency situation arose when filling the tanks of methane and oxygen in a cryogenic liquid. At the end of February 2020 the prototype of the spacecraft burst during the pressurization of liquid nitrogen. According to local residents, due to the launch of missiles, a powerful vibration, bringing out of the window.