18 Nov '11, 4pm

NYTMag: Country folk understand fracking better than city folk

The New York Times has a long article in this weekend's magazine about hydraulic fracturing in southwestern Pennsylvania. It tries to capture the culture of the place and to show the tensions for people who have an economic interest in drilling but are at risk of suffering health impacts. But it also manages to glance off some of the scarier tensions in the area among citizens, government, and corporate interests. The story's set in Washington County, which is a rural area south of Pittsburgh. The people populating the story talk about "country folk and city people." They say things like "A man's word means a lot here," and "my grandfather taught me water is life." Stacey Haney, one of the main characters , is a "self-proclaimed redneck who is proud to trace her roots here back at least 150 years." Eliza Griswold, the reporter, makes multiple mentions of a county fair, whe...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-11-18-nytmag-country-folk-...

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