By 2011 natural gas drilling had disrupted the environment of rural northeast Pennsylvania. Water wells were contaminated with hydro-fracking chemicals, the air in many places became toxic with diesel fumes and the natural landscape was scarred by heavy equipment.
At the same time, the community's social structure was disrupted. Homeplaces became industrial zones - some of us were forced to move away. Others who suffered with contaminated water and fought back against the gas companies were vilified by their neighbors.