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Battle for Wetzel County

Battle for Wetzel County
08:54 | 2011

Categories: Science and Environment

In the mountains of rural West Virginia, it’s a modern day gold rush. Breakthroughs in technology are allowing gas companies to tap a resource hidden deep in the earth, but at what cost? In this episode of Journey OnEarth, we're in Wetzel County to see how the Marcellus Shale energy boom is devouring precious resources locals have depended on for generations.

Journey OnEarth follows correspondent Roshini Thinakaran, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, as she reports about the people most impacted by pollution, oil spills, and toxic chemicals, as well as the communities coping with climate change across the country.

BATTLE FOR WETZEL COUNTY is the 3rd installment of an 8-part short documentary series called Journey OnEarth

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Melissa Robinson
1********g
January 21, 2012
Would this farmer be as upset if he would have owned the mineral rights, probably not! As for the picture of the water truck dumping water on the road, the water that is used for dust control and is released from these trucks is pulled from fresh water ponds, creeks, and the river and is not production water!
Tondra Crooks
1********g
June 18, 2012
That is not always true...
Melissa Robinson
1********g
June 18, 2012
Whats not always true??
Clark Fultz
1********g
December 31, 2011
I was born and raised in West Virginia. Although I no longer live there, I still think West Virginia is a beautiful state and represents an island of peacefulness and beauty in a sea of humanity(the rest of the east). I hope the State legislators can find time to bring some sanity to the Natural Gas industry and find a way to protect the way of life many folks enjoy and depend on. Maybe new legislators would be a good place to start?
Gerald Wagster
w********m
December 19, 2011
The people should be treated like Alaska's residents. Paid every year.
Tina Tordella
1********g
December 16, 2011
I was just out near Cameron, WV, in Marshall County today and the "footage" there looks very similar to that of Wetzel Co.
Vera Scroggins
7********g
December 15, 2011
excellent video showing the intense impacts and destruction of rural America from gas drilling.
Thomas Schoenle
1********g
December 10, 2011
I remember my daughter Tiffany use to always ask me why daddy? I replied most of the time cause this is the way it is. I did not have a real answer for her... / mans greed will be his undoing. I believe this in my heart. All over this globe man has raped the land. To keep the profits high shortcuts are made. On and on we go. What come to mind is this. man will not learn from his mistakes. $$$$ is his God. I pray to God most every day for his will to be done, and for me to find some understanding of his will. amen Thing is all is just the way it is suppose to be right this second. God is wanting to know who his people really are. Thus it is better to give than to recieve. Give a smile, give free work to someone who is needing Help someone out today. I have lived long enough to know a few things. In closing I have been as close to death as any man can come many times over , both from my own doing as well as uncontroled happenings, I believe in my heart God wants me to try and help others understand the basics of this thing we call life. We are all in it together. God the father thr holy ghost, with jesus son of the almighty God himself. I one believes in God then we know there is a devil. I for one do not need to read it in a book. I can feel the Holy ghost moving in my life. I have done some really bad things in my past. I have prayed for my soul. Today I wear a coat of many colors meaning I have put on some armor to protect me from the devil. cause this is just the way it is... thank you all Merry Christmas.
Brandie Richey
7********g
December 8, 2011
so saddd!
Jeff Estep
g********m
December 7, 2011
The difference between a boom town and a ghost town is just a few years.
Anne Harman
1********g
December 6, 2011
So I've never considered my home county "mountainous"--those are hills.....but it's an amazing documentary.
Gwen Justice
6********g
December 6, 2011
Please take just a very few minutes to watch this video. It reminds me of the plight of those affected by Mountain Top Removal. Unless you take the initiative to educate yourself, it is very easy to remain ignorant of the environmental issues facing our great state and its residents. I have found that very few people in my area of the state know anything at all about mountain top removal. Probably very few in Wetzel County know a whole lot about it. Don't wait until things come to your back door. Educate yourselves about issues involving your state and find out what you can do to be helpful.
Donna Mills
1********g
December 6, 2011
EVERYONE should be educated on mountain top removal. Environmental nightmare!
Chris Goddard
1********g
December 5, 2011
what is happing to the whitemans is unfortalnly happing to a lot of people and that need to change the minerals should be owned by the land owner not someone else. but there doesn't not need a ban on the activity. nobody ever looks at the good that these companys are bring to the county there paying millions of dollars in taxing giving hundred of people jobs in the county and the people that own there mineral rights I'm sure don't have any complants. the put water on the road to keep dust down. I didn't see on here where the chemical plans were dumping into the river killing the fish and we get our city water from. and those plans havnt brought in as muchg money and people as the gas. in wetezel county the river water is so bad you cait eat the catfish that feed of the toxic waste.. and noone rembers the goast town they were before it all begain.
Brenda Harman
1********g
December 4, 2011
Seems to be coming to Pocahontas County and we are terrified.
Jodi Muse
6********g
December 3, 2011
We have this starting up in northern British Columbia. I am horrified at the damage and use of water involved. One of BC's larges fresh drinking water lakes is now owner by one of the gas companies, specifically for this purpose. Is there any type of resourse extracting that is worse? NO. Everyone...educate, educate, educate! Lets get this stopped!
Bob Mitchell
5********g
December 2, 2011
Part of the problem is that for most people, as long as the lights turn on when they flip the switch or the furnace kicks on when they crank the heat, they aren't really concerned with where the electricity or gas comes from! Combine this with the propaganda touting, "clean coal and natural gas" that people see on the boob tube and I'm afraid that it will be too late before the masses realize what the fossil fuel industry Is up too! Wake up world!
Jack Rowland
1********g
December 13, 2011
Nicely stated. No such thang as a straight shootin politician either... couple that with the tooth fairy,Santa and the bunny thang, we've been lied to all our lives... I'm not lookin for a hero just tired of things I like bein' messed with. Good GOD Fearin People is one of 'em
Kevin Wilhelm
1********g
December 1, 2011
Yall only want to talking the bad.. we put water down from a creek to Keep the dust down And when u buy Your house u need to make sure u have mineral rights.. those Who have pumps on their land make money n gets free gas for life.. if u sold cheaper Nt our problem. And I want to put that many working people out a job those Who families.. might as well try to coal mining also n fuck wv over really good..
Joe Dickerson
8********g
December 19, 2011
Actually the are paid very little for the long term damages to their land and still pay the property taxes on land occupied by fracking sites. Not to mention the quasi-legal nature of how many companies make these deals. Also gas from these sites is not suited for use in residential homes unlike previous gas well in the 60's-80's. No one I've spoken with or interviewed gets free gas from a frack site.
Zac Crum
1********g
January 21, 2012
I am from wetzel county and they did this on r property and we do get free usable gas.
Diane Koch Sachaczenski
1********g
November 30, 2011
We need a film like this for Luzerne, Wyoming, Bradford, etc, etc , counties of PA!
Mark Dennehy
1********g
November 30, 2011
David and Goliath comes to mind. West Virginia was one of the last places on the East coast where you could still find the peace of Nature all around you, a place where your eye could span large horizons of beautiful farms, and land untouched by the mark of man and greed. A place where real salt of the earth people looked after each other. A slower, and healthier pace of life. In this case Goliath is not only a giant, he is rich, he owns our representatives, has a team of high paid lawyers on retainer, and he is deceitful spending millions on propaganda selling the public on how safe the work they are doing is. What company spends money on propaganda that is not hiding something? Locals are sold a bill of goods saying these projects will provide jobs for the locals, but the reality is 98% of the work will be done by experienced out of state contractors. We are in Phase 1, the locals are being sold a bill a goods that this "boom" will be a good thing! Phase 2, Is the shock the locals get when they learn what happened to the region so fast, when they were thrilled to be selling more burgers. Phase 3 NOW WHAT? How can anyone feel they have the right to come onto someone's farm, destroy all they have, and have no legal responsibility to offer any compensation to the land OWNER. How is it OUR representatives would allow something so unjust to be made the law of the land? God help us~.
Sharon Maille-Rettich
1********g
December 3, 2011
Gonna copy and paste this Mark... such a well written statement!
Jeff Estep
g********m
December 7, 2011
I copied and pasted this as well. Well said, good sir!
Emilie Fusco
e********t
December 9, 2011
Excellent comments Mark & I agree with you... God help us all!
Thomas Morris
t********m
March 26, 2012
Well Said-I grew up in that area-in Marshall county but would visit our relatives there-in Wetzel County! What a Beautiful State!
Donald Rosa
1********g
November 27, 2011
Bull shit I live around all the wells and no one that I seen has no bitch! If U don't own the mineral rights, It's not yours U should have bought the rights or not bought it at all! p.s. THERE IS NOT A CLIMATE CHANGES FROM GAS WELLS... p.s. Charles Rosa wrote this!
Donald Rosa
1********g
November 27, 2011
Bull shit I live around all the wells and no one that I seen has no bitch! If U don't own the mineral rights, It's not yours U should have bought the rights or not bought it at all! p.s. THERE IS NOT A CLIMATE CHANGES FROM GAS WELLS... p.s. Charles Rosa wrote this!
Tom Jiunta
1********g
November 20, 2011
This story has been playing out in Pennsylvania for the past 3 years and gradually getting worse. We need a ban now on this activity! Go to GDACoalition.org for more information.
Tom Jiunta
1********g
November 20, 2011
This story has been playing out in Pennsylvania for the past 3 years and gradually getting worse. We need a ban now on this activity! Go to GDACoalition.org for more information.
Dawn Keys Swiger
1********g
November 20, 2011
this is so sad to see and hear, we've seen it first hand at our camp in Wetzel county.
Dawn Keys Swiger
1********g
November 20, 2011
this is so sad to see and hear, we've seen it first hand at our camp in Wetzel county.
Debra Rosa
1********g
November 20, 2011
Don't eat the fish from the creeks and don't use the water for coffee or cooking. I knew that creek shouldn't have looked the color it did , the last time we were down at your cabin ! And this crap is going on all around it !
Tim Roberts
7********g
November 19, 2011
I've dug shovel tests through that 'toxic waste' in iberville parish.
Tim Roberts
7********g
November 19, 2011
I've dug shovel tests through that 'toxic waste' in iberville parish.
Becky Hayes Rice
1********g
November 18, 2011
tyler is next;.
Becky Hayes Rice
1********g
November 18, 2011
tyler is next;.