I come from the Endless Mountains region of northeastern Pennsylvania, where rolling farmland is punctuated by the occasional small town. Since 2008, natural gas fracking in the Marcellus Shale has been changing the physical and social landscape there.    These photographs represent an ongoing effort to create a personal and honest visual document about my family’s experiences in the midst of the change. My objective is to make images that show a stakeholder's perspective of the issue, while also speaking about our culture and our connections to the land we call home.

I come from the Endless Mountains region of northeastern Pennsylvania, where rolling farmland is punctuated by the occasional small town. Since 2008, natural gas fracking in the Marcellus Shale has been changing the physical and social landscape there.

These photographs represent an ongoing effort to create a personal and honest visual document about my family’s experiences in the midst of the change. My objective is to make images that show a stakeholder's perspective of the issue, while also speaking about our culture and our connections to the land we call home.

 Drilling sites in various stages of the gas extraction process dot the landscape. This aerial photo was taken in Bradford County, about a mile from my parents' home.

Drilling sites in various stages of the gas extraction process dot the landscape. This aerial photo was taken in Bradford County, about a mile from my parents' home.

 Gas industry workers look over some equipment on a well pad where drilling had recently been completed. Hydraulic fracturing equipment will be moved in next.

Gas industry workers look over some equipment on a well pad where drilling had recently been completed. Hydraulic fracturing equipment will be moved in next.

 My uncle Gary and cousins, Tyler and Ryan, try to shoot deer every winter. Their hunting grounds are now also shared by the natural gas industry. Gary owns several hundred acres, including the site of a producing gas well.

My uncle Gary and cousins, Tyler and Ryan, try to shoot deer every winter. Their hunting grounds are now also shared by the natural gas industry. Gary owns several hundred acres, including the site of a producing gas well.

 My dad waits in line for homemade ice cream at the Liberty Corners Grange Hall, where ice cream socials are held regularly during the summer months. It's a tradition that goes back decades.  

My dad waits in line for homemade ice cream at the Liberty Corners Grange Hall, where ice cream socials are held regularly during the summer months. It's a tradition that goes back decades.  

 Sometimes called the "Endless Mountains" region, this part of Pennsylvania is deeply rooted in rural traditions and agriculture. I came across this homage to the dairy business on a dirt road in Susquehanna County.

Sometimes called the "Endless Mountains" region, this part of Pennsylvania is deeply rooted in rural traditions and agriculture. I came across this homage to the dairy business on a dirt road in Susquehanna County.

 When a new gas well has been drilled and hydraulic fracturing is completed, it is capped with a wellhead like this one in Wyoming County.

When a new gas well has been drilled and hydraulic fracturing is completed, it is capped with a wellhead like this one in Wyoming County.

 Chief Oil & Gas sent out a notice in June that they planned to drill six new holes on an existing well pad about 1,500 feet from my parents' property.

Chief Oil & Gas sent out a notice in June that they planned to drill six new holes on an existing well pad about 1,500 feet from my parents' property.

 My parents buried their cat, Jeeves, after he was killed by an unknown vehicle in August. Since the gas industry came to the area six years ago, the road they live on has been paved and traffic has increased.

My parents buried their cat, Jeeves, after he was killed by an unknown vehicle in August. Since the gas industry came to the area six years ago, the road they live on has been paved and traffic has increased.

 My mom and dad live in an old farmhouse that my grandfather remodeled in the late 1960s in the village of Liberty Corners. More recently, they added privacy fences to block the view of truck drivers who travel the road in convoys to nearby drilling sites.

My mom and dad live in an old farmhouse that my grandfather remodeled in the late 1960s in the village of Liberty Corners. More recently, they added privacy fences to block the view of truck drivers who travel the road in convoys to nearby drilling sites.

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 Like many people in the Endless Mountains region, my cousin Tyler frequently shoots recreationally behind his house. He lives down the road from my parents in Liberty Corners.

Like many people in the Endless Mountains region, my cousin Tyler frequently shoots recreationally behind his house. He lives down the road from my parents in Liberty Corners.

 The demolition derby is one of the most popular events at the Troy Fair in Bradford County. Participants Mike Congdon (right) and Ben McClure are native to the area and work for a water hauling company that serves the gas industry.

The demolition derby is one of the most popular events at the Troy Fair in Bradford County. Participants Mike Congdon (right) and Ben McClure are native to the area and work for a water hauling company that serves the gas industry.

 A gas rig juts into the air above a Susquehanna County field at sunset.

A gas rig juts into the air above a Susquehanna County field at sunset.

 Wes St. Jon, the "Oilfield Cowboy," has been writing and performing music for the oil and gas industry since the early 1980s. This spring he performed at the PA Energy Games, a festival celebrating the energy industry's presence in northeastern Pennsylvania. Many of the transient workers coming into the area are from places like Louisiana, Texas and Tennesee.

Wes St. Jon, the "Oilfield Cowboy," has been writing and performing music for the oil and gas industry since the early 1980s. This spring he performed at the PA Energy Games, a festival celebrating the energy industry's presence in northeastern Pennsylvania. Many of the transient workers coming into the area are from places like Louisiana, Texas and Tennesee.

 Uncle Gary and Aunt Cindy take delivery of their new Porsche Boxster S convertible, which arrived from Pasadena, California. The purchase was made possible by gas royalties from the well on their property, and a significant increase in business at their jewelry store in Towanda. "If it wasn't for fracking, that wouldn't be there," Gary said.

Uncle Gary and Aunt Cindy take delivery of their new Porsche Boxster S convertible, which arrived from Pasadena, California. The purchase was made possible by gas royalties from the well on their property, and a significant increase in business at their jewelry store in Towanda. "If it wasn't for fracking, that wouldn't be there," Gary said.

 Workers unload a holding tank while assembling a gas production unit on a well pad site. 

Workers unload a holding tank while assembling a gas production unit on a well pad site. 

 Truck headlights illuminate a field in Wyoming County where gas pipeline construction is underway.

Truck headlights illuminate a field in Wyoming County where gas pipeline construction is underway.