“It was heaven. It turned out to be hell.”

High activity fracking operations in Bradford County, PA. have resulted in many spills and leaks that compromise the health of residents. Retrieved from http://www.nofrackingway.us/2013/08/16/fracking-or-housing/

High activity fracking operations in Bradford County, PA. have resulted in many spills and leaks that compromise the health of residents. Retrieved from http://www.nofrackingway.us/2013/08/16/fracking-or-housing/

The Fuss Over Fracking:The Dilemma of a New Gas Boom

This video by TIME reveals the personal dimension of harm associated with the shale gas industry. In Bradford County, Pennsylvania, residents experience displacement and fear due to the dangers associated with nearby operations.

In 2009, a couple living in northeastern Pennsylvania acquired their dream home in the country. Unfortunately, due to rising hydraulic fracturing operations throughout Pennsylvania, a Chesapeake Energy well became their neighbour only 400 meters away. Now, after two incidents of hydraulic fracturing fluid spills, the Pennsylvania couple are hesitant about residing in their new home, as they are “afraid of the water”.

The Marcellus shale runs under almost all of Pennsylvania and constitutes the second largest deposit of natural gas in the world, thus attracting the shale gas industry stimulating a major boom in operations. As a result, there is an increase in concern among residents of Pennsylvania ranging from the sudden death of livestock to methane polluted drinking water.

This video outlines the process of fracking, illustrating the means through which chemicals can enter and contaminate groundwater supplies. Also included is interview footage with a hotel chain owner in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, who is thrilled by the boom in industry, claiming to be “110% behind the gas industry”. An influx of gas industry employees in the area has greatly benefitted the hotel business in Bradford County, a town in which 93% of land is leased to gas industries.

Companies such as Chesapeake Energy in Pennsylvania advertise fracking as clean and safe energy alternative. However, as concerns grow among residents, accounts of flaming tap water and livestock death may help to dispel the deceptions of the gas industry.

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