Trailer Talk's Frack Talk: What Happens When Gas Drillers Ruin Your Home and Water? You Fight Back.
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JS: We haven't been living our normal lives for two years.
CS: And that's why we're out speaking out now, because we want to educate people ... let them know what we went through so they can make a wise decision instead of a hasty decision, and before it's too late. If you wrong something, how do you right a wrong? You can't with water. Like I said before, I can live without gas; I can't live without water. We have to have our water. I mean, it's a precious commodity that we've got to ... we'd better protect it. We have to protect it.
And we have constitutional rights, too, you know, in the U.S. and the state, for clean water and clean air.
JS: They've taken that away from us; they definitely have.
CS: Right. And our lease says that they have to return our water ... original, if not better, condition. And they haven't done that. So, that's a breach of contract. And now, all of a sudden, they're having this big picnic in town in two weeks. They're celebrating their 101st well that they drilled.
SA: Where all of this devastation is happening, they're having a picnic? An oil company picnic?
JS: Yes. A kick in the face for us.
CS: And you can read the article. The article says, "What does the picnic do for the Carter Road residents?" and they said, "It's going to educate them ... continued education."
JS: They've been good neighbors, and they expect us to do the same. ...
SA: Did either of you ever think that you would be in this kind of situation, and that you would be treated in this kind of way?
JS: No. Not as an American citizen, no. Absolutely not.
CS: Never, ever. We thought, you know, they would just come in, drill the wells ...
JS: ... do their thing and leave.
CS: And luck out, you might get a little bit of royalty money, and that's all you thought, and life would go on as it did everyday. That's what we thought.
So now, at least ... the people now, if we can tell it, let them hear it, and maybe they can make their own decision about it. We're not doing this for fame or glory or anything like that; we just do it so nobody else ...
JS: It's to raise awareness. So nobody has to go through what we went through, and at least they're going to be forewarned where we never were forewarned.
CS: We never knew ... not a clue ...
JS: ... that this could happen. Our land man didn't tell us. We weren't warned of anything.
SA: And to imagine myself at my home that I love, on my road that I love -- to imagine that that would completely shift where it becomes poisoned, and my quality of life -- every moment -- is really filled with a question of whether I will wake up safely; whether the people that I love and my neighbors are okay; whether all of it. So, it's surrounding you. You're really immersed in something that I don't think anybody would ever want.
And, what has happened to your relationships, then? You're on Carter Road in Dimock, PA. What has happened to your relationships with your other neighbors?
CS: It has brought us a lot closer to our neighbors. We didn't even know a lot of them. And we know ... I mean, Ron and Jean Carter live down the road from us -- great people. We're down there; we try to go there at least once, maybe twice a week, sit on their porch and just talk to them. They're like ... maybe early 70s. We just go down there just to talk to them and everything like that, you know? We don't show up, they call us, "Where have you guys been?" And we love them. They're decent people. And it has brought us a lot closer.