What Fracking Really Looks Like

Massive Industrialization Cannot Be Concealed

Nor do Shale Gas Drillers even try. Massive deforestation and rapid land fragmentation in Pennsylvania, much of it on Public Lands, is difficult to wrap your head around, yet our legislators are permitting it, literally. “I’m going up in a helicopter,” my friend, drilling injury lawyer Jon Ostroff declared. My own fear of flying aside, I’m glad when more people get a firsthand look at what is happening “out there” in what was once the Wilds of PA. Naturally I want prosperity for all 67 counties in the Commonwealth but, obviously, extreme fossil fuel extraction is not a sustainable way to achieve it.

When I seek a bird’s eye view of the Marcellus, I visit Marcellus-Shale.us. It’s chock full of dramatic photos, many of which have become the iconic images of a gas boom gone wrong. Recently, Elisabelle Bourgue shared this small screen gem with Protest ShaleGas Fracking:

My Very First Frack – Or, No Love at First Frack is a 10-minute tour of a Talisman Energy frack site on public lands in in British Colombia, Canada. Filmed, edited and produced by Will Koop, B.C. Tap Water Alliance, in September, 2010, it’s easy to picture this same scene repeating thousands of times in Pennsylvania today. Shale gas porn? Maybe… either way, this sh*t is real. Everyone needs to know what’s happening to our state before it’s too late.

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