Well the fracking frackers are moving in…
What else can I say? This last couple of weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of emotion. I feel the stages of grief wash over me like waves in the sea. And all the stresses of building a farm, life, and business are all mixed up in there too. It has been more than 2 years of work work work to get to where we are now and we were just starting to feel like things were starting to get under control. But then this happened and blew us out of the metaphysical water.
Basically a few days before Christmas we saw and heard some major drilling in our neighbors property which is right next to our field garden. It became quite apparent that they were exploratory drilling for frac sand mining. Our township is currently un-zoned and our neighbor is one of three board members for the township. For the past year he has been assuring his friends and neighbors that there is no way that frac sand mining would happen here and then he does a 180 and stabs everybody in the back. Unbelievable. And most likely illegal. But it just goes to show you how money can make people insane. This motherfracker has just sealed off any hopes of every having a friendship with all of us neighbors and I don’t think he knows how serious it is to all of us. Our good neighbor friend’s property is right across from this possible mine. They also raise many animals and moved here to enjoy the quiet county life in these beautiful rolling hills.
I am, in turn, filled with anger and sadness. This mine would chase us from our dream. There is no way we could live with 400 trucks blaring down our road every day, endless noise and pollution from the mine, and the degraded quality of life that it would bring.
On the bright side they may not find any useful sand there. And our neighbors are banding together to fight this thing. Never underestimate the power of a few committed neighbors…We will overcome this monster mining corporation.
Whatever happens, we will adapt.