Treece is in Kansas and it's a toxic town. The Treece truth is in the result: nature gives no free lunch. You take resources, there's always a cost. A real-world, palpable cost, not some numbers on a computer screen. How can we short-sighted humans really imagine we can pump oil, blow off mountaintops, cut forests, plow prairie or spread poisons without any lasting effects?
Treece, Kansas, is just another case study in how resource exploitation with an eye on profit and no concern for the effects leads to...another trashed spot on the planet. Love Canal. Times Beach, Missouri. Bikini Atoll. Chernobyl. Brown fields all over the planet. Desertification. Our list of human-induced destruction is pretty long.
Under the laws of nature, ignorance is no excuse. The laws are inexorable.