Phyllis Myers: Gas Well Neighbor

Homeowner
Dimock, Pa. – Marcellus Shale

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"There has been methane in the water for years."

Every injustice is terrible. And this community of 4,000 people has had about a dozen recent gas-related injustices. How do people react when a neighbor experiences problems with water that has apparently been contaminated?  Sympathy, support and demands for action come first.  Fix the situation, the community says. Then comes the broader perspective, which often relies upon generation after generation on this gas-filled land.  Some families date back to long before gas wells ever arrived, and they tell stories about water you could light on fire with a match.