Texas welcomed Elon Musk. Now his rural neighbors aren’t so sure.

May 29, 2023

Texas welcomed Elon Musk. Elon Musk's companies have moved in next door. Standing in front of a Cybertruck decorated with U.S. and Texas flags, Musk thanked the state for supporting him and helping him move fast. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has hit the Musk building sites with several violations over poor erosion controls and other matters. It’s the Wild West.”Mel Hamner, a Bastrop County commissioner, said the growth is “more than this county was ready to handle,” but added that officials lack broad powers to influence it.