Photos by James Pitarresi
|EPA officials begin a federal investigation of the impact of fracking at 60 homes in Dimock, Pa. The probe is the latest chapter of a national debate concerning shale gas as a primary energy source.|
Ron and Jeannie Carter, second generation owners of a homestead on Carter Road, expected royalties from shale gas development to fund their retirement after they leased their land for $25 an acre.
Dewey and Dawn Decker, fourth generation farmers in the Town of Sanford, N.Y., discuss the shale gas rush that changed their lives. The Deckers became millionares after they signed over mineral rights to their 1,200 acre farm to XTO (now Exxon Mobile). They are frustarted that drilling has been delayed by environmental concerns that has lead to a moratorium on high volume fracking in New York state.