Stories from the Marcellus Shale: To the Seventh Generation

Susquehanna River

Examining Marcellus Shale gas-drilling from the front lines, in “real time”:  Perspectives on the Susquehanna Valley’s “fourth boom” from woodlands, rural homes, Indian land, and boomtowns, to Harrisburg, considering the Native American perspective of the ‘seventh generation” to come.

The View from Prayer Rocks: Drilling into Pennsylvania’s “Invisible” Indian Country
by Stephanie Quinn
For a small but proud remnant of Pennsylvania’s native peoples, the Marcellus Shale boom is (as for many other people) both a potential financial boom and a troubling dilemma—but one that raises within the native community difficult questions about how to define its own traditions of consensus and sacred landscape in a much-changed world.

Drilling into the Past and Future: Layers of Time on the Marcellus Shale
by Emily Anderson
“In the center of the town there is an attractive park known as ‘The Green’ which was deeded to the county in 1806 by Benjamin Wister Morris, the founder of Wellsboro.  This is faced on the west by the Tioga County Courthouse…on the north by the Baptist church, on the east by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and on the south by the church of the Seventh Day Adventists”—Elfriede Elisabeth Ruppert, A Historical and Folklore Tour of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, 1964.

Carter Road: Private Property and Community Under Pressure in the Gaslands
by Rob Duffy
The Marcellus Shale gas-drilling boom, whatever its benefits and costs, puts unexpected pressure on traditional notions of private property and community in a conservative region of rural America. To see how, take a hike along Carter Road in Dimock Twp. in northeastern Pennsylvania’s scenic Susquehanna County.

The Fourth Boom: Drilling into the Big Woods
by David Manthos
A search for truth by bicycle through Pennsylvania’s northern forestlands in the Marcellus Shale drill zone ends up in the halls of Commonwealth government in Harrisburg. Information in the end proves more elusive—but potentially more valuable–than the gas deposits themselves deep below.

The Landmen Came: Drilling Down in Dimock Township
by Lexie Orr
At ground zero in controversy over gas-drilling in Pennsylvania, many residents are happy with their leasing checks but not with a perceived lack of information from public regulators. Poisoned groundwater and the silence of Dimock’s resident (former) congressman frame larger questions about energy policy and the role of information in free markets.