The more settle members may be looking at the environmental cost and further on in terms of dipping property prices as a result of the company’s investment. There is also a combined cost here though in terms of environmental damage as it may pose long term health costs to the community as well as discouraging environmentally friendly industries from coming to the region.
The mayor and the commissioners mostly benefit from BASF’s investment in the region. They could take laurels of bringing in more investment into the County and thereby running for reelection later on. There may also be the possible added benefit of campaign contributions from BASF in the future if the deal goes through successfully.