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  • [Stanley]: Farming has always been a struggle. We only own 325 acres, but it is still ours.
    [Mike]: We held out for a good year when they first came and they were giving $25 for an acre. And then we held out for a year and got $50 and then after that it just boomed!
    [Stanley]: Because the price of milk was down and we didn’t have any way to keep the farm going so we signed at $50 so we could buy fuel and tractors and feed the cows.
    [Mike]: Last two checks we got from Cabot from the lease, have basically gone for fuel and parts.
    They’ve come here 4-5 times to tell us they are putting a well on us and then they yank it up under you – that’s not right. I mean, if you are not going to have it written up in paper, then they shouldn’t be going around telling anyone anything.
    [Stanley]: So they won’t even tell us how much of our farm is in the unit. We have no idea – none. Nobody has been here to talk to us about anything.
    [Mike]: Everything is a big secret. They can’t even give you a general idea. If they didn’t come test our water, we probably – until we saw that light up there, we wouldn’t have known they were doing anything.
    [Mom]: We wish that Cabot would come and tell us – something good!
    [Mike]: They have enough departments down there, somebody should be able to come around and talk to you just to let you know what they are doing. Send a paper around.
    [Mom]: They say they want to be a part of the community, but they are not. They will not tell us anything.
    We would save three paychecks and live on one until we got a down payment - that’s how this farm started. Saved every penny we could and used the barn for just six months when the whole barn burned in 1972. I can still remember the boys standing in the upstairs window, screaming while looking at the barn on fire. We lost a 100 cattle… we had $25,000 fire insurance and that was it.
    [Mike]: He built a barn, and then by the time he got done paying the insurance – we started off with a $200,000 loss.
    [Stanley]: All the money is invested in this farm. I don’t think any of us have savings as far as I know - it’s all invested in this farm to keep it going. And hopefully the Cabot thing will pay it back.
    [Mike]: We are glad we never sold it. We listed some but nobody bought it before the gas companies came around.
    And now they want to buy everything. A couple called me last week and was like remember when you were going to sell that property? And I’m like na, not selling that now.
    [Stanley]: They thought we were suppose to pay taxes on it all these years and then hand it over to them so that they can make the gas royalties off of it – I don’t think so.
    [Mike]: I hope we don’t have any water problems, that’s the
    biggest worry we have with all these animals – is water problems.
    We had our water tested before they started drilling so in case something happens, they have to come back and take care of it.

    Everything scares you. But you are not going to find out till it’s done so you just pray and hope that everything works out for the best.
    There’s nothing worse than
    farming, it can’t get any worse than that – literally!
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