This is Terry Greenwood. He is one of many in Pennsylvania affected by negligent fracking practices. Terry makes a living by raising and selling cattle. In recent years, his business has declined because his animals are getting sick. The company working on Terry’s property did not regulate water management practices to help keep his animal’s drinking water safe. Terry pays around $800 a year for water now. He has lost acreage on his farm due to spillage, roads, and trash from the company.
As a Pennsylvania resident living above the Marcellus Shale, the swift invasion of natural gas companies through my hometown came without much community conversation. I feel as if the complexity of the issues went largely over our heads and under our feet, but I felt especially out of the loop. I don’t think I talked to anyone about it until I saw the first well built along the road I would take to school. I wonder how neighbors in a small community may have talked about these events as they unraveled.