"Living in Bedford County for 16 years, our community used to be quaint and peaceful. We could sit on the porch together and hear the running water from the creek down below. All we hear now is the compressor station from the gas company and the ongoing traffic brought on by the gas extraction in our area. Now the creek is gone, and the pond might as well be gone with the contamination that now consumes it."
"…[W]e discovered arsenic in our water. The DEP, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, as well as Spectra said that the arsenic found in the water was at normal levels and that it is was naturally occurring...[I]n 2011, I smelled gas when I was out with my family. The DEP did nothing. We called the fire chief. He tested the air and found carbon dioxide and propane. He said if it had been in a building, we would have needed to evacuate our home…During this time we lost 5 cows, 3 dogs, 12 chickens, 4 cats, and 1 horse."
"When we described how the animals had died to the state veterinarians, they had told us that it sounded like arsenic poising. We had not informed him that high levels of arsenic had been found in our water."
"…My husband, Wayne, has problems catching his breath... I have red rashes on my neck."
More can be found in Shalefield Stories
• Storage field, pipelines
• Compressor station 1/2 mile from home
• Ground Water Contamination: Arsenic
• Surface Water Contamination: Contaminated pond and stream
• Air Contamination: Arsenic, carbon dioxide, and propane
• Human Health Impact:
Bile Duct Liver Disease,
Rashes on Neck,
Shortness of Breath
• Animal Health Impact:
Death of 5 cows, 3 dogs, 12 chickens, 4 cats, and 1 horse
• Industry Dishonesty / Disregard:
Worker destroying hay fields on 4x4 in way to and from pads
• Oversight Failure: DEP & EPA contacted - not addressing to problems