Residents of the Riverdale Mobile Homes Park in rural Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, are being evicted and offered little compensation to make way for a fracking operation.
The residents are poor and include children and the elderly and alternative accommodation locally is hard to come by, as a wave of workers imported for the fracking has driven up rents.
A company owned by the former head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources got the land re-zoned, possibly illegally, as industrial and wants to build a pumping station to withdraw up to 3 million gallons of water per day from the Susquehanna River.
When some of the families, led by Deb Eck and Kevin June, decided to resist the June 1 eviction date, they called for help and got it from the anti-fracking movement and Occupy Wall Street.
A makeshift blockade is in place to prevent construction on the pump station and the June 1 eviction has been postponed. As of today, fresh negotiations are taking place with the fracking company and lawyers for the residents.
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