Sad to read this, and as USA is still the nation that sets itself up as the moral example in so many ways, what does this say to China, India and other countries that can and will exploit land for short term gain?
The dilemma of job creation versus long term stupidity is a difficult one, and when big businesses are on one side of the argument, it gets a skewed hearing. The coal mine I used to work in here in The UK is now a set of warehouse distribution centres with few skilled jobs and many part time ones... Not the best tombstone for a whole community heritage but sentiment and business aren't very good bedfellows.
As nobody with an ounce of sanity is suggesting "rising up" or whatever term armchair activists use to promote law breaking, I hope the legal system can be used appropriately.
Mind you, for that you need competent lawyers......