Pennsylvania Fracking

We went to find scarred landscape. I needed to see the environmental catastrophe that everyone around here has been talking about, trying to prevent.  Hydraulic fracturing in neighboring Pennsylvania is almost old news at this point. I had watched a haunting documentary about it, but had yet to witness it first-hand.

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As with any good journey we welcomed the detours and unexpected stops along the way.

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The most chilling thing about it all was how “normal” everything seemed. If I wasn’t sure what to look for, or aware that we were essentially surrounded by drill sites, I’d just assume that farmers were doing their thing (which I am also slightly ignorant about). We traveled on a Sunday so we didn’t see anyone working, or traffic of any kind. We also didn’t trespass on any property, or cross any boundaries. All of these photos were taken from the side of the road. It’s clear that construction/destruction had taken place at some point (probably years ago) and I don’t know what the “before” landscape looked like.

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According to Katy, the ice was solid. The layer of slush/water on top didn’t agree, but it held.
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Return route through Watkins Glen, NY
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It was another heavy adventure, lightened slightly by blue skies, good company, and new music (Youth Lagoon and K.Flay among others). Adventure IV just took place (like I said before, non-linear) but is another trip that I won’t write about (and did not document with a camera). And now I head south, with a slightly younger partner this time: my son.