Saturday, November 6, 2010

Natural Gas Drilling: Nineteen Minutes in Dimock, PA

Hundreds of diesel truck trips are required to service each gas well, polluting the air with noxious compounds in diesel exhaust fumes. This quick little film captures 58 trucks on one road on one Fall afternoon in Dimock PA over a 19-minute period of real time. One truck, poignantly, carries fresh drinking water for a Dimock family whose water has been ruined by gas fracking.

Guitar music by Jason Shaw at, "Plantation" and "Mountain Sun," permission for use licensed under Creative Commons by Jason Shaw.

"19 Minutes in Dimock" © 2010 by Jane Prettyman, host of 'Public Comment' (username 'Dissenta'):


smurfette said...

Just the NOISE of these trucks reverberating through the valley would be discouraging to people, who came for a peaceful place to vacation.The pollution tends to SETTLE INTO a valley, right?

Peacegirl said...

Yes, the diesel fumes tend to stay in a valley/bowl. At our Camp in French Azilum, we may need to buy some gas masks. I hope they come in children's sizes. Let's face it. Vacationing in the Endless Mountains is going to be a thing of the past before long.

DISSENTA said...

Hi PeaceGirl, honored you featured my little film "19 Mins in Dimock" on your site. Thinking of following up with video study of frack trucks in Honesdale PA (where I live) after DRBC (likely) drops the flag early next year and allows shale gas fracking in the Delaware River watershed area. Honesdale, a classic traffic bottleneck, one way in and one way out, with no way around it, will be a frack truck nightmare on Main Street in front of sweet little shops that line the whole street, with accompanying noise, diesel exhaust, road damage, and horrendous ugliness. Honesdale, BTW, is configured in a valley/bowl topography that will collect the diesel exhaust pollution.

You have a great site and we'll be adding it to the blog role on Public Comment after holidays (on the road now).

Solidarity, Jane
("Dissenta" online)

Peacegirl said...

Jane- Thanks for your comments and special thanks for doing the film in Dimock. I am glad to hear you plan on doing more video! My little piece of heaven is in French Azilum, PA, which is a 4-mile loop of road, also one way in, one way out, and is in a valley, too, like your Honesville. Many a morning in the summer, we wake up to a what used to be a lovely fog which lifted and gave way to sunshine. Now I won't be going there because it just isn't safe. It is a sad situation. No drilling there yet, but drilling all around the outskirts and all the land right there is leased to Chesapeake.