A Window into Energy Justice Summer

Living in Northeastern PA has been a blast, but sometimes life gets to be a bit absurd. Today was one of those times.

This morning I sat on the couch and worked through email while listening to a speakerphone voicemail left by a man named Lizard, the leader of a biker gang who wants to come tour fracking infrastructure. Next week, we’ll host Lizard and several of his biker friends for a BBQ at biker and Dimock anti-fracking activist Ray Kemble’s place.

A bit later in the morning, EJS organizer Spencer blasted ska punk music from his laptop, giving the house a soundtrack as the grandchildren of local Susquehanna anti-fracking activist Vera baked sugar cookies and green velvet cupcakes in the kitchen, clouds of flour filling the air. The baked goods will be sold in tomorrow’ 4th of July Parade, with proceeds going towards water relief for residents with contaminated water.

During the baking, we received a phone call from an impacted resident in Susquehanna County who described how a the low frequency vibrations from a gas compressor station was “resonating with her bones and lungs.” All the while, our Tea-Party affiliated landlord Craig hung upside down from a pull-up bar in the living room doing extreme sit-ups for his morning workout.

Then a Russian journalist named Alexi showed up to film everything and interview us. Alex often asking us to repeat portions of our conversations about the states of the environmental justice, climate, and fracking movements. But he often seemed more interested in filming the green velvet cupcakes. We’ll probably end up with another article similar to this “Voice of Russia” article.

Such is life in the EJS madhouse; today’s population: 13 and counting. It’s a mixture between the hilariously surreal (like the cupcakes and hard-core biker fracking activists) and the tragically absurd (like orange-brown tap water that lights on fire due to fracking contamination). But it sure keeps life interesting. And even with all the crazy shenanigans of life here in Northeastern PA, it’s clear we’re making a difference.