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  • MR. CHARLIE CHIDESTER & MRS. LORRAINE CHIDESTER
    Charlie is youngest of 4 brothers of a farming family, Lorraine worked on Wall Street and is originally from NJ. She now raises two children and doesn’t relate with her neighbors.
    Charlie is a dairy farmer in rural PA outside of the town of Montrose and though he sometimes wishes he had a ‘middle-class’ income, he is proud of carrying on the tradition of dairy farming in his family. He is well read and an introvert who has not spoken out and done many interviews before this.

    We have almost 1000 acres, and it was 2006 and he said this is a standardized lease form, just sign it and we just want to do 1 acre of your property and do an exploratory well and that’s it. Half of the farm is owned by three of my brothers and myself, and the other half is owned by the six children.


    The next time they approached us was about 3-4 years later.
    And he showed up with a map and said we want to put a pad here, here, here, here.. and it ended up there were 7-8 pads, and he then said they may end up putting a compressor here. It ended up that there was not much land left. There was no compensation for it and he says well, here’s your signature, you signed this.
    While they were going on, my father developed dementia. And I had to deal with that too. He was the patriarch.

    [Mrs. Chidester]: And it was, we’ll do what Dad wants to do. And after awhile you realize his decision-making abilities weren’t there… he has Alzheimer’s –
    Had he been diagnosed when we signed, the situation we were in, but he was undiagnosed so we couldn’t do anything about it.

    We have about 600 cows all together, roughly. That’s a lot of water and a lot of animals to give water to everyday so we simply cannot be without water.
    Our milk goes to the NJ/NYC dairy market and our processor told us that if we had a water impact, even if they brought in water to replace it with a water truck or anything else, that he would no longer accept our milk. So at that point, you have no income. I mean, there’s a lot of overhead, health care, fuel taxes and everything.. without income, how long do you think we’ll last?
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