The Open Lens Gallery of the Gershman Y, Broad and Pine Streets in Philadelphia, has on display a series of photographs from the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, from now until February 14, 2013, on the drilling for natural gas in Pennsylvania.
Photographs by photographers Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson, and Martha Rial, displayed in the lobby of the Gershman Y, show the effects of Hydraulic fracturing, or “Fracking,” on communities and residents where it takes place.
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Photographs include one of the former Sunoco refinery at Marcus Hook, where the natural gas would be refined and transported; pictures of a three year old girl, Sylar, whose parents claim their tap water has been contaminated by gas drilling; contaminated water from a kitchen faucet; a woman who lives without water for bathing or drinking because the water in the community has been contaminated; a lobbyist for the natural gas industry standing, talking on a cell phone next to an anti-fraking activist holding a sign; a farm couple giving their horses bottled water to drink; and the Susquehanna River as it goes through communities affected by drilling.
“Fracking” is the practice where a well is drilled into the earth, and millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals — identified as carcinogens, pesticides, biocides, neurotoxins, and endocrine disrupters — are pumped into the ground to force the natural gas out. Opponents of fracking have complained of emissions of natural gas into the air and contamination of water, and of people in these regions affected by such health problems as asthma, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.