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In a community that shuns technology and conflict, the intrusion of gas wells shatters tranquility and brings unexpected schisms.

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Jason S (50)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:12 pm
Good posting, thanks

John B (185)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:20 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Elizabeth Royte. Excellent article and I do hope Ms. Hahn activism pays off for the people of Washington county. Read and noted.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:29 pm

Christeen A (368)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:23 pm
Please no more fracking. Thank you.

Sheila Stevens (50)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 10:25 pm
Isn't it strange how all the oil and gas companies complained that Gus Van Sant's film, PROMISED LAND, (starring Matt Damon and John Krasinsk) was an unfair representation of their dealings with land owners? The only thing missing from this article of what is going on in Lawrence County is the mention of how our dear governor (Corbett) welcomed fracking with open arms and an open piggy bank!

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 4:22 am

Victoria P (113)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 6:22 am
Noted with thanks

Ingo Schreiner (8)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 6:22 am

Jaime A (52)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 6:27 am

. (0)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 6:35 am
Noted & posted on Twitter. If you want to turn our vibrant, beautiful planet into the moon fracking is the way to do it.

Mike M (40)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 7:20 am
S& shared

donnaa D (14)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 7:52 am
signed shared thanks

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:02 am
It's almost kharma in a way but all Amish are not rapists, puppy mill owners, horse slaughterers etc. I hate to see the good ones suffer.

paul m (93)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:06 am


Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:39 am
We must stop fracking everywhere, but this is like an attack on the Ahmish people. It should not be done to them either.

Mary Cotturo (5)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 9:16 am
It is not just the Amish who are being affected by the environmentally intrusive practice known as fracking. I live in NE Ohio which also sits on the 400 million year old Marcellus shale gas deposits. Gas companies have been holding meetings with local residents assuring them of the safety of fracking and encouraging property owners to sign leases to permit the drilling of wells on their property. Already, people are reporting contamination of their well water. The gas companies refuse to admit that fracking is the root of the water contamination. Fracking is not a panacea it is a Pandora's box. Gas companies need to be held accountable for the damage they are inflicting on the environment. We have had years to develop clean, renewable sources of energy, but once again we are resorting to the past practices of tapping into fossil fuels, polluting the environment and threatening the health of plants, animals and people.

Tim C (2420)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 9:55 am

Winn A (179)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 11:48 am
Please stop any fracking anywhere.

David Menard (43)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 1:53 pm
Fracking is the plague and the fossil fuel industry and their GOP minnion's are the vector

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 2:32 pm
Fracking must stop

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 2:52 pm
Banksters destroy the economy, people start losing jobs and homes and feel forced to sign away their mineral rights for the money to continue living. Talk about the American people getting snowed! I wish the Amish and others luck in their fight against fracking and vow to support any way I can by signing petitions, sending well as making others aware of the facts. Wish I could help more, but we must all do what we can and keep spreading the word and protesting.

greenplanet e (155)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 3:05 pm
Stop fracking!

Ann Breeden (65)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 3:07 pm
Thanks for the article. I decided to google, what are all the chemicals used in fracking, and it reads like a horror movie.The one that disturbs me the most is the 279 chemical compounds that are listed as "proprietary" or "trade secret." This is not only poisoning Mother Earth but it's poisoning the water, the air and the people.
Whatever petition comes across my path I will sign.

Jane Mckenzie (20)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 3:09 pm

Talya H (10)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 4:03 pm
thanks for the share!

Don Schwarz (5)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 4:36 pm
Important article. Thanks for sharing.

tiffany t (142)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 7:26 pm
most people do not own mineral rights to their land, so the companies can just set up and do what they want. I also live in NE Ohio and am very concerned about my well water. not only the water table but the chemicals seeping in.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 7:34 pm

Thankyou Cal, for posting this article!

Peggy Peters (29)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:12 pm
Even the Amish who live as pure of a life as most of us could ever imagine are plagued by financial motivations. It seems incredulous that these big corporations take advantage of so many people with terrible consequences!!!!
TY for the post, Cal.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 11:12 pm
How sad for the Amish, the state, the country and the planet. Fracking is bad and must be stopped before it's too late for us all.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday January 18, 2013, 1:54 am
Thanks Cal--good post and comments.

Ro H (0)
Friday January 18, 2013, 5:38 am

Tim C (2420)
Friday January 18, 2013, 9:10 am

Jim P (3257)
Friday January 18, 2013, 9:40 am
"The Amish worry about water quality for themselves, for their livestock and their gardens..."
They should worry about the quality of their water if fracking does occur in their area.

"We want the industry to know that we are out there," she says. "We want them to know that we're watching what they're doing, and that they can't just come in here and sandbag us."
The industry already has "sandbagged" those people selling their land for $3.00 an acre when they could have gotten $3,000.00 for it.

Promised Land

Here is a movie just released along the same vein in safe drinking water, pollution and the film was shot in
Pennsylvania. "Promised Land".

Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company's expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.

Official site:

Ty, Cal.

Gabriel R (111)
Friday January 18, 2013, 10:01 am

James Merit (144)
Friday January 18, 2013, 12:00 pm
Thank you for article.
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