Marcellus Shale

Shelly’s Truthland Experience in Her Own Words


Who am I?  My name is Shelly, I have been married to my husband Philip for 30 years. I am a mom to our four children, ages 20 – 25, and a grandma to our beautiful granddaughter.  I am a teacher by trade and a dairy farmer by marriage and choice.  We currently have four generations living on our place which has been continuously farmed for 122 years.  We love our home and want to take care of it for future generations.

When we were told we had natural gas under our farm we felt very blessed.  But what about all we heard about fracking and water problems?   Then there was the movie Gasland; was what we saw in that film really true?  We had to know, it was after all our livelihood and potentially our health at stake.

The science teacher in me had many questions. I owed it to my family to find out just what the truth was. Natural gas was new to our area, but not to our nation. So to get our questions answered, I needed to go where the “experts” were. These people had been dealing with the gas industry and the environment for years.

As I went along questioning the many people I interviewed, it became very evident that concerns regarding fracking and contaminating our drinking water were unfounded. Expert after expert said the process is inherently safe and the statistics show this to be true. I was amazed that even the “environmentalists” stated that natural gas, even if not perfect, is the best energy choice we have at this point and time. It is abundant and here, a domestic energy source that needs to be utilized for our nation’s benefit.

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The more people I interviewed, the more relieved I was. That’s not to say that I wasn’t nervous anticipating negative reports from agencies like the PA DEP and EPA, but I wanted to keep an open mind. If the evidence pointed a different direction, I needed to accept that. To my surprise, they agreed. Natural gas is clean, efficient, and cheap. All this made our decision regarding leasing our farm to the gas company a “no brainer”, hands down.

It is my hope that anyone that will take the time to follow this and the movie Truthland in its entirety will draw the same conclusions I have. Open your mind, eyes, and ears, examine the evidence presented and let it speak for itself.


  • Vic Furman
    Posted at 12:40 am, June 13, 2012 Reply


    Engaging the lawmakers with the facts and seeing the wow factor of the faces at the movie presentation was well worth the latest trip. When a politician see’s that jumping early on the anti bandwagon because a movie was labeled as a documentary was nothing more then a well presented lie by no other name… you can see the concern and realization in their faces that they may have been duped by a porno film maker named Josh… It was a memorable day.

  • Justin Templer
    Posted at 6:24 am, June 15, 2012 Reply

    Thanks Shelly. I enjoyed the movie (and the longer format individual interviews).

  • KF
    Posted at 11:34 pm, June 22, 2012 Reply

    As a neighbor to Shelly I would like to thank her for going to great lengths to get factual answers to the questions and fears instilled by Josh Fox and his Gasland “story”. Good job Shelly!

    • Alma Hasse
      Posted at 5:40 pm, June 26, 2012 Reply

      KF, if you’re really Shelly’s neighbor, why don’t you use your real name?

      • Tom Shepstone
        Posted at 10:38 pm, June 26, 2012 Reply

        That’s the best you can do? I can tell you KF is Shelly’s neighbor, if that’s really an issue.

      • Justin Templer
        Posted at 12:07 am, June 27, 2012 Reply


        You definitely aren’t Shelly’s neighbor,
        and your latest tweet shows just how desperate you are.

        “Alma Hasse ‏@idahocare
        @gaslandmovie @waterdefense Help! I need assistance! I know someone “debunked” truthland, but cannot find the info.! I need it desperately!”

        You can’t even think for yourself. You have to have someone else do your debunking for you.

        • Tom Shepstone
          Posted at 7:06 am, June 27, 2012 Reply

          Great detective work, Justin!

          • Justin Templer
            Posted at 10:55 am, June 27, 2012

            Speaking of detective work, this was too good to pass up…

            I know most of the talk concerning the Marcellus Shale is centered around natural gas but we also know that hydraulic fracturing is being used in the North Dakota Bakken and the Texas Eagle Ford shale formations for the production of tight oil which is refined into gasoline and diesel.

            So what did I find but an interview that Alma (using her married name) gave to The Idaho Statesman back in 2007 complaining about the skyrocketing price of diesel fuel used in her husband’s construction and excavation business.


            “This is just unreal,” she said Monday. “We’re a small company. It’s killing us. I can’t imagine what it’s doing to other people.”….“It’s really going to dampen the economy big time if the cost of doing business goes through the roof like that,”…

            Well lucky for Alma and her husband, hydraulic fracturing is making staying in business a whole lot easier for them. That is, of course, if we can educate people like her to stop swallowing the propaganda from the likes of people like Josh Fox.

            And for the people that are concerned about water quality, I have to ask them…

            Have you ever considered what the fuel is that is being used to power the equipment for water purification and waste water treatment?

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