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  • [Tammy]: We found this place and it was a rent to own, and we called on it and it was actually cheaper than renting an apartment or a house - so we got to do what we got to do.
    [Matt]: This was in an area we liked, we took our kids swimming in the creek – when they were little. And we just like being in the country and thought this was perfect for us. And when we first bought the house there was no gas drilling going on around here at all.
    [Tammy]: November 2010, we moved here. And by December of 2011, our water started erupting like a geyser – it looked like old faithful out there – was grey and nasty.
    [Tammy]: And initially when I called the Gas company, I called Franklin Township and they said call the Gas company. The first thing I told the Gas company guy that
    answered the phone was “I am not trying to cause you problems, we are having water problems and I’m not sure what the cause is”. I didn’t come out and blame them – the representative that came out here to see what’s going on, we were really friendly to him; he was a super nice guy. But then, this guy calls me from the environmental section of the Gas company and he says “I want you to know I don’t think this is our problem. I’ve seen the geography of the area and this is salt springs migrating into your well, and if you are going to say it’s something else then you’re going to have to prove this. Our stand is that we are not responsible.” And he was just very cold and nasty. I wasn’t trying to start problems, I just wanted to get to the bottom of my problem. This is the direction we were steered.

    We were invited to speak about it at the township meeting, so we came and spoke out and right after that is when everything happened. There was an email circulated calling us lunatics saying that we – yeah, said we were harassing the township supervisors when in fact they had asked us to come to the meeting. The guy across the road almost lost his job for speaking out at the Town meeting, so he remains silent, because he has to if he’s going to work. The guy up the road did loose his job. They cut his hours to next to nothing because he worked for a Gas company. I already have lost a couple of jobs. I clean houses - so a lot of people who are wealthy have pieces of land that they leased.
    So nobody has a lot of trust in a lot of people.
    [Matt]: The ones that come out and really bashed us are the people who have wells on their property. They are ones who said we are lunatics, you are harassing the people and making it hard on the town. Nobody is here to take out anybody’s money that they deserved. These farmers that busted their hineys all their life, they deserve this money and I’m the first one to say that.
    This is the first house we were able to buy. We wanted to retire and live the rest of our lives here. I don’t know wanna move – I hate moving.

    [Matt]: When it comes into your area, you’ve got truck after truck after truck – nonstop. Try sleeping for a month straight when they are fracking wells around you. It’s just 24 hours a day, parades of trucks, non-stop non-stop. All I can say to anybody is you got to put yourself in my shoes or be in my situation before you judge anybody. How would these people feel if it was them that couldn’t use their water or them who couldn’t take a shower without worrying about house blowing up. So much gas coming out that you gotta vent everything and you can’t use your kitchen stove to cook in the middle of the winter or you can’t use your furnace to heat your house because there’s so much gas coming out of the would they feel?
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