Northland Power Inc has proposed reshaping an existing "waste rock pile" into a huge water reservoir, above and adjacent to the homes of many people in the village of Marmora. A similar one built in Missouri during the 60's was the upper reservoir for the Taum Sauk pumped storage plant. It failed in December 2005 and released four million cubic meters (about 1 billion gallons) of water in 12 minutes.
There’s an ongoing debate about rights, whether we have “natural rights,” or if rights pre-exist, or if they are independent of morality.
"Rights" have no meaning for a person living alone on a deserted island. As soon as two (or more) people attempt to live together, it seems to me they need to agree how they will deal with one another. If they don't agree that one person may not take another's life, or his means of maintaining his life, then life will indeed be short and brutish for all but the strongest and/or smartest.