Susquehanna County Landowner, Star of Truthland
Who am I? My name is Shelly, I have been married to my husband Philip for 30 years. I am a mom to our four children, ages 20 – 25, and a grandma to our beautiful granddaughter. I am a teacher by trade and a dairy farmer by marriage and choice. We currently have four generations living on our place which has been continuously farmed for 122 years. We love our home and want to take care of it for future generations.
When we were told we had natural gas under our farm we felt very blessed. But what about all we heard about fracking and water problems? Then there was the movie Gasland; was what we saw in that film really true? We had to know, it was after all our livelihood and potentially our health at stake.
President, Joint Landowners Coalition of New York
One day I answered a call from a filmmaker who was looking for a farmer who might want a closer look at the issues surrounding natural gas development. Other than an open mind and an inquisitive nature, the filmmaker didn’t give me many requirements for this person. Immediately, a childhood friend came to mind. Shelly is a mom and farmer and I’ve always known her to speak her mind and to tell the truth. I saw this journey as more important than Shelly’s trip. I saw it as a way to telegraph important information to thousands of landowners who also wanted to know the truth about natural gas development, but wouldn’t get the chance to go on a nationwide trek to do so. I knew Shelly would be the perfect messenger, because she had firsthand experience with a gas well on her property; a son who worked for the industry; and because she is originally from NY and wanted to help get the truth out about natural gas issues among people whose rights to develop their own land had been taken away.
As the president of the 70,000 member Joint Landowners Coalition, I am all too familiar with the misinformation spread by Gasland. In Truthland, various experts respond to those claims and separate fact from fiction on issues surrounding natural gas development and fracking, such as water, use of chemicals, methane migration, and whether livestock, crops and people are affected. Various experts point out how Gasland was misleading and led to erroneous conclusions in an artful and folksy way that encouraged believability.
“We’ve never had one case of frac fluids going down the gas well, coming back up and contaminating someone’s water well.” - John R. Hanger.
Pheobe Shaw of Damascus, Pa. provides her reaction to Truthland following our recent screening in Beach Lake, Pa.
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Researcher, Energy In Depth
As the U.S. Olympic team gets set to compete against the best athletes from around the world in London later this month, there’s at least one event for which the U.S.A. appears to have already won the gold. According to a new report from the Paris-based International Energy Agency, the United States has had “the largest reduction [of emissions] of all countries or regions” since 2006, cutting GHGs by a staggering 7.7 percent.