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Trailer Talk's Frack Talk: What Happens When Gas Drillers Ruin Your Home and Water? You Fight Back.

Julie and Craig Sautner of Dimock, Pennsylvania who live on Carter Road and are among one of 14 families there that have lost their water.

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CS: That's what we have. We have a water buffalo in the garage now, with a hose that runs out of the back, through a hole in the wall that they drilled, and ran a hose out, and it goes into a spigot in the back of the house.

SA: So, Julie and Craig, what kind of life were you hoping for when you moved to Dimock? What was it like before natural gas drilling?

CS: I was planning on retiring there. We moved back to Dimock area because my kids wanted to go back to Elk Lake High School. In 2008, I had seven years to go and I could retire. I don't want to retire there. How can I? I don't have any fresh water. Am I ever going to have fresh water? I don't know. Are they going to bring water in? They're going to pump it in or something? We don't know what they're going to do yet.

JS: Our lives are basically on hold. Both of our children want to go to college, but we're on hold because we don't know what the future's going to bring. So, here we sit, being still invaded ...

CS: There's things we want to do to the house, and we can't even ... we don't even want to do it, because why put money into a house that you can't sell anyway? Why would you want to make it any better?

JS: We don't know if it's that dangerous where they're going to say, "Okay, you know, you people need to move out of the area." We don't know. We're waiting; it's a waiting game.

SA: So, you're waiting. And how about your health; your neighbors' health; the farm animals; your companion animals? The air quality, the noise? I went to Dimock -- I went to Dimock in the wintertime with the mayor from Dish, Texas, Calvin Tillman, and I do want to go back and bring Trailer Talk to your home and to your neighborhood. I couldn't believe what I was seeing and what clearly used to be a small rural town, and that no longer was. It had been so industrialized.

JS: Right. It went from residential to industrial. So now we live in an industrial city, I guess you would say. It's "Gas City." It's no longer our home.

CS: My biggest thing is, the property value, yes -- but what did you do to the kids? What's the long-term effect health-wise on the kids? Here we have a vent -- a 6-inch PVC pipe on our well head, 10 foot tall, that vents gas out into the air. Is that healthy for everybody?

JS: You can hear it. You can hear it gurgling, the methane bubbling ...

CS: ... coming out through the well.

JS: And our son, he said, "Dad, are we going to be okay? Are we going to wake up in the morning?"

SA: Because of explosions?

JS: It gets scary. It gets really bubbling, you know.

CS: I mean, my major thing is the kids. What did they do to the kids, long-term effect? Did they take any years off their lives?

JS: People can talk about the money, and our kids didn't ask for any of this; they didn't know anything like this was going to happen, nor are they benefitting. They're suffering because of the gas drilling.

CS: And it's so intrusive. I mean, the many ... all the tests that were done; the filtration system; people in and out; the DEP in and out. Everything. I mean, it was just almost an everyday thing for almost two years now.

 
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