My drive to work and back used to be relaxing and beautiful.
Now that Utica Shale fracking has begun,
it has become stressful and tedious.
I have to leave earlier
so that if I get behind a big vehicle,
I can still get to work on time.
It takes me ten to fifteen minutes longer to get home
regardless of heavy equipment.
When the pipeliners' and fracking men head out for their temporary homes,
it's not unusual to end up in a line of six to 12 vehicles.
The ones that are particularly irritating
are the semis hauling huge equipment
on Rt 147's two lanes.
We regular-vehicle folks have to pull over.
However, the water and brine bearing trucks
are the ones that can momentarily take my breath away
and cause me to come to a slow-rolling stop.
They are heading my way and are across the yellow line.
In other words, they hog the road.
The photos below are courtesy of online photos
of the fracking industry.
Here are some photos of the drilling tower sites -
the reason why 'slow-moving' has become
a part of my daily life.
They are lit continually and it's like high-noon 24/7.
Folks have to buy black-out curtains
and no longer can sit out in their yards and gaze at the stars--
the blazing light blankets the stars.
We have many similar sites throughout our farm community.
I think it would be tough to live so close to one
because someone else owned the land next to you
and allowed the drilling site to be built.
However, one of the nice outcomes
is that farmers have been able to fix up or completely restore
their old barns, thus saving part of America's heritage.
They have also been able to buy much needed equipment.
For more views on 'slow', head over to Francesca's.