Category Archives: Personal stories

A personal story: Steve and Jacki Schilke, Williston Basin, North Dakota

“I have gone from living in an agricultural community to living in an industrial area.”                               -Jacki Schilke Telling personal storiesThe oil and gas boom has … Continue reading

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A personal story: Helen Slottje, Ithaca, NY (with video)

“She changed the paradigm of human interaction with the oil and gas industry. As citizens we have the right to say no.” Telling personal storiesThe oil and gas boom has been underway for a number of years in many locations … Continue reading

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Update: NPR on the personal story of Bob and Lisa Parr (audio)

Today we have an update from NPR on last week’s personal story of Bob and Lisa Parr, who last week were awarded a judgment of $2.9 million against Aruba Petroleum for creating a nuisance on their property. If you are receiving … Continue reading

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A personal story: Bob and Lisa Parr, Wise County, Texas

Telling personal stories The oil and gas boom has been underway for a number of years in many locations across North America, and there are now a lot of stories about individuals and families whose lives have been personally affected. … Continue reading

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A personal story: Kip Gardner, Carroll County, Ohio (with video)

“It’s disappointing that private corporate interests can trump my rights as a landowner. I’m worried that I’ll be forced into an undesirable lease that does not protect my land or my ability to farm in the future,” -Kip Gardner Telling … Continue reading

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A personal story: Terry and Teresa Jackson, West Virginia

“They have no right to pollute my property, to desecrate the land we own. If I was out here pouring chemicals on my property, I’d be in jail.” -Teresa Jackson Telling personal stories The oil and gas boom has been underway … Continue reading

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A personal story: Marilyn Hunt, Wetzel County, West Virginia

 We used to live the American dream; we had a middle class existence. Now we’re on a camping trip without the fun. We collect rain water to water the stock and we’ve set up a special system to treat the … Continue reading

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Two videos illustrate the conflict between fracking and a rural way of life

Today we have two videos that provide sobering food for thought. The two together run 37 minutes, and watching them will provide important perspective on how oil and gas drilling transforms the lives of rural communities. The first video is one … Continue reading

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A personal story: Christine Pepper, Bradford County, Pennsylvania (with Daily Show clip)

“If they took care of the landowners and the local people you’d be so much further ahead, but they won’t. And that’s what pissed me off.” -Cory Pepper, Bradford Township, Pennsylvania Telling personal stories Today we have a slightly different … Continue reading

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A Personal Story: Bob Deering, Pennsylvania. “Our Dream Has Become a Nightmare”

(T)he shale isn’t going anywhere, it has been there for hundreds of years. Why the rush? If technology had time to catch up, I think the drilling could be completed much more efficiently and have less environmental impact. -Bob Deering … Continue reading

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