Facebook stirs anger, abandons drilling gear on Oregon coast

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Facebook's effort to build a landing site in a village on the Oregon coast for a fiber optic cable linking Asia and North America has run into serious trouble.

First, a drill pipe snapped under the seabed. Workers left 1,100 feet of pipe, 6,500 gallons of drilling fluid, a drill tip and other materials under the seabed as they closed down the site, aiming to try again next year.

Construction of the cable landing site was supposed to have been done in just a few weeks and completed by the end of April. Instead, the drilling will resume again in January -- as long as the state doesn't revoke the permit. Neighbors said the drilling was noisy. Lynnae Ruttledge, a retiree with a vacation home in Tierra del Mar, was one of the community organizers opposing the cable landing site.

"It's a travesty to me that they are allowing the perpetrator of the crime to tell people, `Oh, this is what the impact is going to be,' " Ruttledge said.

 

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