Our Land by Laurel Dammann for Public Herald The following is a look at terms from Public Herald’s feature length documentary Triple Divide that focusses on hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania. Hydraulic Fracturing, or “fracking,” is the process of extracting [...]
Barndt resides in Richlandtown, Pennsylvania but owns 150 acres of family land in Hebron Township, Pennsylvania, five hours northwest from his home. He does not own his mineral rights, which were severed from the land in Hebron before his grandfather purchased it about 50 years ago. Triana Energy, LLC, a natural gas company from Charleston, West Virginia, leased the minerals under Barndt’s land in 2010. Now, even though Barndt has never signed anything or come to any agreement with Triana, over a dozen acres of his forest land has been cut, cleared, and drilled without his consent.