RETROSPECTIVE (2008 to mid 2011)
Ponderings from Pandora's Box
Chloe Kelly's Journal of Living with Unconventional Gas Drilling
Dec 20: The feeling of invasion grows
I'm now so very sick at heart that I grapple each day with maintaining my spirit. Last night when I got out to get the mail at the top of our driveway, I could see the lights from 4 wells in the distance. I'd seen lights from 2 others in the distance on my way home from Towanda and, of course, the number of trucks on the roads continues to be beyond acceptable.
When someone sends me an article, such as the one about EPA testing in Wyoming proving that there's a link between contaminated water and gas drilling, I just feel more bitter. Too little too late is my attitude now. We are being invaded just as the Vikings invaded the villages in centuries past, and the forces that could stop the invaders are shaking hands with and inviting them in.
How many people have to lose their water, their air, their way of life before there's enough protesting something that's so obviously wrong and so absolutely unrepairable? I really don't get it.
D. (a friend who lives in Towanda) and I are always wondering when we will feel impelled to move because our hearts and souls can no longer live with this. Neither of us want to do so -- and R. has all his family here -- but even at this relatively early date, it's all I can do to deal with it. We have decided to give it one more year and hope for some unexpected shift in the tide -- that's about all that's left to us.
But the daily sensation of being trapped and suffocated under the weight grows with each passing day. Very stressful. I don't know how I'll deal with spring because it will be so radically different this year. I can feel the winds of toxic change blowing ever stronger.
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