Wednesday, October 12, 2011

No Easy Way Out

It has now been over seven months since me and my family moved from DISH, TX. Since that time it has become more and more apparent that we made the right choice to move. Since moving from DISH, my children have not experienced the periodic nosebleeds that they had while living there, and we have been able to enjoy being outside at our home without the noxious odors. It is amazing how you miss things like opening your windows on a nice day to let a breeze blow through your home. This has taken a tremendous burden off of the entire family. Being that moving was such a difficult decision; it brings us peace with the decision we made. Looking back, we were blessed that we got out of that situation in the manner that we did. I think it is difficult for those who have never been in this situation to understand exactly how difficult that decision was to make. However in hindsight, it is apparent that we were the lucky ones.

Traveling around and talking to various people, I have found that there are many others in the same position that we found ourselves in; however, getting out for most is not as easy. There are many people who are struggling with the decision on whether they should stay in their homes or move away. However, sometimes that decision can have multiple consequences. Once someone is put in this situation, selling their home, even at a massive loss can be difficult if not impossible. So foreclosure is the only option available for some folks to get out of the situation that they have put in, which in many cases is through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, foreclosure is not the end of it, because after that, your credit will be ruined and all the money invested will be lost, not to mention being able to find another place to live.

I am unsure how a situation like this can occur in America, but it has on numerous occasions and keeps repeating itself. There has been so many who has lost everything because of this situation. These are honest hardworking, taxpaying Americans who have worked hard and saved to buy a home, and spent their life savings on the home of their dreams, only to see that dream be taken away by an energy company that could not care less about the impacts they are making on someone’s life. They are forced to deal with exposure to hazardous chemicals, tainted water, and noxious odors that prevent them from peaceful enjoying the home of their dreams and threaten their children’s health. They are faced with decisions that an American should not have to be faced with.

We were also fortunate that we lived close enough to the edge of the Barnett Shale, that we could move off of the shale without needing to switch jobs, and maintain key relationships. Many are not in a similar position, for them to move off of their prospective shale, or other formation, they would need to move several hundred miles away to escape. So you are then left to wonder where exactly you could move to get out of your situation, and what you may do when you get there. Scenarios such as this prevent families from leaving a bad situation. Therefore, they continue to live in a home, where the air or water may be tainted because there is simply no good option to move elsewhere.

The stories that I hear over and over again and again, seem to get worse and worse. Every time I hear one of these stories, I tell myself that this is as bad as it can possible get; only to hear one that is worse. I am grown man that has stood toe to toe with very powerful politicians and a very powerful industry, but these stories break me. I look at small the small children at these homes, and wonder about their future, how will their lives be impacted by all of this, and think about my own children, who we tried to buffer from all this. I thought we had been successful, until I recently heard my son talking about us moving because of the “stinky compressor station”. His life has certainly been altered because of this as well.

This is an aspect of this subject that is not discussed often enough, and the number of people who are affected in this manner continues to grow. There are so many that are wanting out of their current situation, and have no viable options to make that happen. Therefore, they are stuck in a situation that perhaps is negatively affecting their health and or the health of their children. To those of you out there in this position, I hear your voice and only wish I could do more to help you.


  1. Doing all you are doing is helping many stay strong and keep trying to make the changes that need to be made.
    Doing what you're doing helps so many have faith and continue to be persistent in their fights, all over this country!
    You have helped educate thousands and they are attempting to do the same. Knowledge IS power because....."Once you know, you can't not know!"
    Now that the political "seasons" are beginning all over, tides WILL be turning, I hope! It's the only hope we have, IMO. Their money and power is great BUT their greed WILL be their downfall. Aren't we supposed to learn from history?
    Keep on and God Bless you and your family.

  2. Well Calvin, the key to surviving any situation is education. The games these people play just absolutely floor me! I speak with the gas company and they tell me with certainty the well is going behind my house, yet the neighbors (whose property the well is slated for) tell me they know nothing. Finding the truth in this is the first hurdle. All I know is that Chesapeake has been here to scout the location of my water well. Where do the lies stop and the truth begin? I'm still preparing and may end up losing it all in this mess. Whatever happens, my choices and ability to protect myself with testing in advance have been widened with people like you, Tim and thousands of other educated people. I look at these company reps and all I can be assured of is that God is watching their actions. It's not up to me to judge them, but they will be judged on their actions at some point. It parallels a cult more than anything I have ever seen! Somehow I doubt that the presidents whose pictures are on the dollars these people flash around would approve . Thanks for the education and thanks for having the guts to stand up for your family and everyone else's.

  3. hi there.. you have an interesting posts.. keep writing..

  4. I live in Beaver County PA.,4 houses are for sale on my street so they can get out before they drill. But no one is buying. And they are all nice brick houses with 1 or more acres. One has been up for sale for over 2 years. Last week I found out that one of our Twp. Supervisors put up his house up for sale. He was the only one on the board that wanted restrictions on drilling. The other members with there 75 to 100+ acres all have leases with Range Resources.One Supervisor said at our Twp. meeting that they will be drilling on his property next year. He lives less then a half mile from me. And I know when he gets his money he will abandon his house and leave us with the mess.

  5. To madashellinpa-Could you please contact me at

    I am also in Beaver County and in the same situation and would like to discuss with you. We need to help one another.

  6. sick of the complainingOctober 13, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    This all sounds like a lot of the "have nots" complaining that others are benefiting from a much needed natural resource. How can you all deny the good the shale has brought to the region.
    Most of the land owners have been hanging on by their nails for years. The economy in the area has been terrible for years. Now the gas has brought jobs, and growth, and hope to the area. Pull your jealous heads out of the sand and look around. When the area benefits everyone in it benefits.

  7. I am grateful to live in MD where the drilling has been banned by the Governor for now AND our Attorney General is fighting hard to legally enforce the already weakened regulations in order to maintain the integrity of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. However, the pipelines are going in full steam ahead in Southern MD and I am dreading the day I end up living in this "Gas Drilling Hell" as my family and so many thousands of others are currently doing.
    As to the comment above...What good are money and jobs if you have no water, homes or health? Greed is not the way to a happy life!

  8. This shale gas drilling/production is NOT compatible with quality of life residential living--just not. And, the only thing one can do is RUN. Recently I've discovered that there is NO help at any branch of our gubment, especially that so called justice system. All the courts in Tx are bought-off by Big Gas. So don't expect any help there. In fact I think that there is a great opportunity for a 50% budget cuts at the courts system. A lot of tax money would be saved, and nothing would change.

  9. My son and his family Rocky,Angel and boys lives down the street from Calvin's old house in Dish and they are having same health problems as they did the periodic nose bleeds and other health issues.He just told me that one day this week at 4am he could smell gas strong outside and called 911 and they just blew him off. Later he called 911 again and they told him they were dealing with a grass fire and blew him off then when he left for work came across a grass fire near his home unattended and called 911 a third time and said smell is still strong and now there is a grass fire you know gas and fire not a good mix and they admitted that they had recieved about 20 calls complaining of gas smell and someone was on the way turns out there was a gas leak coming from a pipe in the ground there in Dish. When are we going to get control of there drilling company's when there is a mass explosion in a neighborhood with massive death's.

  10. That sure it very hard for you dude. I don't feel like having the same experience as you did. Probably a big change should be done as much as possible. Texas MCE