A fracked farmer died of a rare brain cancer on Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Pennsylvania. Harassed, threatened and poisoned by frackers for the last seven years of his life, Terry Greenwood was 66.
“It killed the cattle, and it’ll kill the people next.” – Terry Greenwood on Fracking
Landowner’s Rights Trampled
A fracking company representative sat in Mr. Greenwood’s kitchen in 2007 and asked him if the company could frack for natural gas on his land. The state of law being what it is, Mr. Greenwood didn’t have the legal “right” to refuse (the country having become what it is – a place where corporations pillage us as they did Vietnam, Iraq, Ecuador, and a hundred other places); but he told the company man he would fight for his property, for his rights. The company man told him he didn’t stand a chance, that he didn’t have enough money to fight the fracking giant protected by Dick Cheney’s Halliburton loophole – which exempts frackers from any meaningful regulation as well as the clean water act. The fracking man knew his act was sanctioned and promoted by local, state and national government “Yes” men whose jobs depend on genuflecting to the money.
Fracking contaminates Ground Water
A month later, the drilling had contaminated the well from which Mr. Greenwood had drawn water for himself, his pets and his cattle for the previous 20 years. The fracker then threw him a bone – not out of the goodness of its little black heart, but at the behest of county “regulators” (Read: Industry lapdogs). It drilled five water wells, none of which produced drinkable water.
Fracking Spill Kill – A Farmer’s Luck
After a fracking spill the next year, ten of 18 calves born on Mr. Greenwood’s property were stillborn. One that survived was born blind, another with a cleft palate. The next Spring, Mr. Greenwood’s lone bull, which would normally sire at least nine calves a year, became sterile. The Department of Energy told Mr. Greenwood, “That’s a farmer’s luck.”