The man behind the Pleasantville debris pile has spoken to the Houston Chronicle and has offered a novel defense of his actions.
Marlon Copeland of CCG, the company that created the giant pile, essentially tells complainers this: Your neighborhood smelled so bad before, you should be thanking us for doing you a favor:
"That's unfortunate that the residents could come out and say it's a problem," he said. He compared the smell to pine air freshener and said he believed it enhanced the predominant odor in the neighborhood, which is surrounded by industrial businesses. "The smell of wood chips, by definition, is a wonderful thing to smell," he said.
Wood chips in the morning...smells like victory.
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Coleman said a planned rail spur hasn't been available as quickly as he thought.
The company's now making other plans, and the pile should be gone by next month.
But the warm feelings Pleasantville has towards CCG will no doubt stay forever.
-- Richard Connelly