Jimmy has a PhD in composition and rhetoric and is a professor of writing, rhetoric, and mountain biking at Mansfield University. Lilace has an MFA in poetry and an MA in literature and environment. She is a freelance writer, teaches part-time in Mansfield University’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program, and is one of the general managers of the Mansfield Growers Market. We are avid outdoor recreationalists with two wonderfully wild children and are striving to live local sustainable lives. We find ourselves doing so in rural Pennsylvania where the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom is changing the landscape of home, literally and figuratively. We are collaborating on this blog, and will sign each post so you know whose words they are.

This blog is an exploration of the facts and feelings associated with living over the Marcellus Shale, to analyze the rhetoric surrounding the natural gas exploration and drilling, to document the changes here on the ground and perhaps beneath the ground, so those who hear the general accounts from the New York TimesVanity FairCNN (Lilace’s favorite), BBC, and NPR—often the worst case scenarios—can compare them to a specific example. Join us as we struggle with the questions of how best to live locally in this place and time.

We want folks everywhere to be aware of the issues associated with natural gas extraction. But we also want to stand up for this place, the way of life, all the different people and opinions that make it—still—such a wonderful spot to live. I mean, is your place perfect? Is any?

We will be posting approximately once a week, so subscribe and know that your in box won’t be bombarded. We welcome civil feedback from all, especially questions from those outside the Marcellus Shale and stories from those directly affected here and elsewhere. Please, let’s avoid name-calling and any language our seven-year-old shouldn’t read. You can post here or email us at pipelineroad7@gmail.com.

4 Responses to “Why this blog?”

  1. C Hein Walters said

    Thanks for the brain-tickle this rainy Saturday morning. Like tickling gone too far, there is a gnawing dread, it’s uncomfortable, an anxiety brought up by your words. Thanks for NOT twisting, leaping out of the reach of the large companies that are changing the view, water, air, town. I am not hopeless. What action is next?

    • Cheryl, I think everyone has to decide for themselves what action is next. As a community, I hope we stay informed, involved, and not be so rigid individually that we alienate those who make different personal choices (to lease or not, etc.). We can deal with the social and environmental issues better if we have a larger, more diverse voice of voters. Keep the faith, and keep the comments coming. Lilace

  2. I think we have a lot in common. We will need to get our kids together and talk holistic living. Rolf and I coming from CA and CO are a bit concerned with our options here in PA, which is so bizarre since it is an ag. meca. Thank you for the growers market too!!! About time!

    • Lots of folks are responsible for the market, but thanks for your support. It was weird to be in an ag area with no market. But, then, farmers are awfully busy people, so it makes sense that others should organize the market.

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