This is based on a real issue......
California for decades has had a proposal for the 'periphrial canal,' a 2,000-ish mile canal to steal Sacramento River water for SoCal use.
Imagine for a senod the canal got built (devs could take Lander's Point gecko grounds, just remove the trees and current critters, then add a broken pump by one of the bridges).
Junktown wants the pump station to STAY broken; Hub wants it repaired. Both sides will offer you a job (not much money, say 200 caps, a tool, and maybe a couple stimpacks, plus a few XP, but a lot of positive rep in the town). The opposite village doesn't care, their issue is the town.
You can resolve it two ways; The first way is of course to KILL EVERYONE THERE, in which case you become vilified by that village, but you get the XP and loot.
The second way is to just wait a few minutes and everyone will go away on their own. Then just repair the pump (to restore it or break it, or even maybe both?) and get your XP.