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Elon Musk's Boring Co. Is Feuding With Texas Over a Driveway

Another corner of Musk’s empire is pushing the boundaries of regulation

The unpermitted driveway built in Bastrop, Texas.

The unpermitted driveway built in Bastrop, Texas.

Source: Texas Department of Transportation public records

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While Elon Musk is publicly making a big deal about moving to Texas and cozying up to the governor, behind the scenes his tunnel-building venture, Boring Co., is wrangling with local authorities in the state over a host of seemingly mundane permitting issues.

Since Boring bought land last May to create a research and development center in Bastrop, Texas, a rural area outside Austin, the company has put workers up on mobile homes at the site without authorized sewage facilities, failed to get air and stormwater permits and built a driveway without first getting official approval, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News through a public records request.