Signs of Critical Endurance on the Marcellus Shale Landscape Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Owens, Thomas C.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of American Studies, Folklore Program
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  • Bradford and Susquehanna Counties are rural communities in northeastern Pennsylvania long dependent on agricultural production, timber extraction and manufacturing. These counties also sit above the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation roughly a mile below the earth's surface containing vast deposits of natural gas. Drawing on ethnographic work conducted in the summer and fall of 2011, I illustrate herein how residents of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties critically endure the social, economic and environmental changes attributable to recent oil and gas exploration in the region. I have focused on narrative, material culture and landscape as expressive forms of resistance to the many challenges of oil and gas exploration. Expressed ambiguously and non-confrontationally, these verbal and material acts uphold a local social contract, and ensure community- and self-preservation in a time of flux.
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  • Roberts, Katherine R.
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2012
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