Gas Drilling Helps Save a Piece of African American History in PA

Next door to Dimock (in Susquehanna County), PA is the other story about gas drilling you almost never hear about in mainstream media: How gas drilling is helping preserve an historic African America farm that dates back to the early 1800s. The reason you don’t hear much about it is because Denise Dennis, heir and president of the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust, changed her view on gas drilling. Three years ago Dennis gave a stirring anti-drilling speech at a Philadelphia City Council meeting saying extracting natural gas was as dirty as coal mining. Last year about this time, she signed a gas lease with Cabot Oil & Gas for $800,000 (see Leading Anti-Driller Does 180, Signs Lease with Cabot in PA). It was an about-face for Dennis…

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