Backyard Battlefields by J Malcolm Garcia

A year after the gas companies moved in, Dirk DeTurck began taking notes.

 

May 2009: Bulldozers started out back building roads and burning trees. House had smoke in it. Like camping indoors. Bought an air purifier.
May 17, 2009: Started drilling behind house. Noise 24/7. Ears ringing. Still ring. Loud in the house. Roads all torn up. [The gas companies] spread white gooey stuff for dust control…. Strong diesel smell in the house. Afraid to light a match.

Read the entire story by J Malcolm Garcia in The Oxford American HERE