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Drone Photos Lead to Indictment For Texas Polluters 177

In January of this year, we posted news of a major pollution site in Texas that was the subject of some anonymous amateur sleuths with drones, who used their UAVs to document the release of a "river of blood" (pig blood, that is) into the Trinity River as it flows through Dallas. Now, garymortimer writes, that documentation has resulted in legal action in the form of an indictment from a Dallas grand jury. "The story went viral and continues to receive hits nearly a year later. I believe this is the first environmental crime to be prosecuted on the basis of UA evidence. Authorities had to act because of the attention the story was receiving."
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Drone Photos Lead to Indictment For Texas Polluters

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 28, 2012 @08:08PM (#42415425)

    Red gold. Texas tea.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 28, 2012 @09:04PM (#42415939)

    I can hardly wait for the "voyeur drone porno" fetish to become widespread. Imagine being able to see an unknowing woman up close outside her second-story sorority-house bathroom window, with a constant propeller buzz in the background audio, camera shaking just enough for effect but stabilized just enough to see that college coed stepping out of the shower and drying herself off. Mmmm, I bet that pink towel smells good after a straight week of use.

    The really cool videos of this genre will have the drone spy on a woman until she sees it and shrieks, then the drone will move to another bathroom window down the street to spy again.

    -- Ethanol-fueled

  • by hoboroadie ( 1726896 ) on Saturday December 29, 2012 @05:56AM (#42418505)

    Yay google! Way to fight those criminals by becoming criminals yourself. If you can't beat 'em join 'em, I guess.

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