When Home Becomes a Gasfield

Location: Newfield Firehall, 77 Main St
Bradford County landowner Ruth Tonachel will speak about the ways in which the arrival of the shale gas industry in Bradford County has changed daily life for her family and neighbors and about how it has affected their sense of place. Her talk will include some information on how organic farmers in the area have been affected. Ruth co-owns and manages one of the largest remaining tracts of unleased land in Bradford Co and represents the 6th generation of her family to live on that land. She has a masters degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama and has worked in folklore, journalism and agriculture for over 30 years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance.

Ruth’s talk will be preceded by a slideshow of aerial and ground level views of the changes shale gas drilling brings to a rural landscape. All phases of drilling activity will be covered. This “Field Guide to Fracking” will be presented by Newfield resident Marie Terlizzi and Troy (Bradford County) resident Carolyn Crow.