Environment America Research & Policy Center joined residents living on the frontlines of fracking who recounted their stories of illness, water contamination, and damage to their livelihoods due to dirty drilling operations in a new book called Shalefield Stories.
“Behind the alarming numbers the outline fracking’s environmental impacts, there are real people whose lives have been gravely impacted by these polluting practices,” said John Rumpler, Senior Attorney for Environment America Research & Policy Center. “These are their stories, and we would be wise to heed their words of warning on fracking.”
Shalefield Stories was compiled by individual residents in Pennsylvania, who arranged for Environment America Research & Policy Center to release it across the country today. These are the stories of those who are “living the drill” and how their lives have been sacrificed.
Carol French, a Dairy Farmer was told by Chesapeake Energy she could not talk about “white water”. Chesapeake told me I am not allowed to talk about this white water. I’ve never seen my water gel, and when I told the guy from Chesapeake that he paused, and he says, “How far down in the jar does it gel?”
Judy Armstrong Stiles has lost her home, her health and her husband. In February 2011, Carl developed intestinal cancer and had his intestines removed. Her daughter, five months pregnant, suffering from seizures, had lead poisoning. Since Chesapeake Energy does not have to reveal the chemicals that they use, our doctors could not treat us for fear of causing a reaction with other unknown chemicals or minerals.
Jamie Frederick: “Our little house, in the middle of the woods, will soon be in the middle of a toxic wasteland, as Bocor prepares to cut down the remaining trees to put in the pipelines and compressor stations that will eventually connect the wells. We have already had a blowout of at least one well, a chemical spill, and a tear in a waste pit liner. Forty- seven wells, including injection wells, already cover the 12 square miles that is Coitsville, even surrounding the wildlife preserve.”
The people within the pages of Shalefield Stories are only a few of the many individuals and families directly impacted by fracking operations. In some cases, residents affected by fracking are no longer able to talk about their experiences because of gag orders contained in their legal settlements with the drilling operator. One tally called List of the Harmed shows more than 4,800 individuals adversely affected by oil and gas incidents.
All proceeds from the sales of the Shalefield Stories go directly towards helping those in harm’s way.
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To obtain printed copies of Shalefield Stories, please contact
Steel Valley Printers
107 East 8th Ave.,
Homestead, PA 15120,
All proceeds from the sales of go directly towards helping those who have been adversely impacted from living in the Shalefields.