In rural Pennsylvania, a process for extracting gas from shale known as fracking has released dangerous gases into a community's drinking water.
On a quiet street, tucked off the main road in Dimock, Pennsylvania, live people who once dreamed of spending their lives in this close-knit community. Now most residents say they want to move, but have no chance of being able to sell their homes or property.
The people of Dimock live above the Marcellus Shale, an abundant source of natural gas and one of the best energy alternatives to oil in the United States. Most residents in Dimock signed leases with the Cabot Oil and Gas company that allowed the company to drill into their property and set up pads to manufacture gas. In exchange for the rights to invade the earth under the surface, the residents would receive royalties from the sale of the gas.
But something went wrong.
RT contributor Wayne Madsen said that the government has increasingly begun to place the names of environmental protestors on terrorist and other watch lists as environmental extremists.
“It’s even worse. Last week it was reported that the contractor hired by the Department of Homeland Security, Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, an Israeli company, was conducting this spying on not just people opposed to the Marcellus Shale formation fracking, but also people out protesting for gay rights, protesting against the BP oil spill in the Gulf, animal rights people, so forth and so on,” said Madsen.
Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania has apologized, acknowledging he was aware of the matter and said he was appalled. However there has not been a full official investigation launched.