Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Journey of the Forsaken

This site has to be seen to be believed.  Telling an incredible story through personal observations, photographs, and videoclips, it documents one family's experience from 2004 through 2008 as *60* natural gas wells are developed within 1 mile of their home in Colorado (they do not have any wells on their own property).  If you have any doubts about what is on the horizon as these gas companies continue to drill with apparent disregard for the safety of our water supply, our environment, and our health--you won't have them after reading through this incredible story. Included is a thorough explanation (with images!) of the fracking process.

Water Contamination Concerns Linger for Shale Gas

Apprehension over the contamination of water supplies following hydraulic fracturing (more commonly known as "fracking"); identifying the risks of fracking to our water supply; and illustrations showing the fracking process are detailed in this recent NPR story.  Of particular note: concerns in Dimock, PA

NPR Interview: Health Issues Follow Natural Gas Drilling in Texas

If you didn't hear this piece when it aired, take a moment to listen (or read) the NPR interview with the mayor of Dish, TX a small town in the northern part of the state.  After decades of living in the town, many residents are experiencing serious, unexplained health issues since the installation of 11 natural gas compression stations within the town limits.  Air tests since the stations have been built have shown "extremely high levels of carcinogens and neurotoxins."

As Mayor Tillman noted, "if you don't learn from what has happened here, by the time that the odor gets bad enough for you to not want it there, by the time that the noise gets loud enough that it's disturbing you, it's already too late."


The recent influx of natural gas companies to the area is raising great concern to those who know and love the  beautiful mountains of northeastern PA and the greater southern tier.  This blog is a place to exchange information, ideas, and concerns so that we can protect our homes, our water supply, the air we breathe, and our very selves.  Please join the conversation.