“They Are Afraid Their House Could Blow Up”: Meet the Families Whose Lives Have Been Ruined by Gas Drilling
Carl Stiles and his fiance had to leave their home after finding high levels of barium in their blood; a toxicologist told them to stop drinking their water and leave their home. “I had tremors on my right side, constant headaches, numbness. We both had heart attack symptoms,” said Stiles, 45. Water tests in his well showed high levels of methane. A hole erupted in their front yard and spewed out a mysterious froth. Chesapeake gave the couple bottled drinking water but denied responsibility. A Bradford County, PA resident told Berman, “We’re not asking for a lot and now they’re taking it all away. In a million years, I never would have thought that people could do this and get away with it.”
Award winning photographer Nina Berman, writing for Alternet, visited Bradford County Pennsylvania. She documents gas drilling damage in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River watershed, telling the story of the widespread human impact and the colossal reshaping of the natural environment in the heart of Marcellus Shale development.