Monday, November 19, 2012

Scorched Earth Policy #2

The natural gas industry is heavily invested in Pennsylvania, and is now hoping to score huge profits as they make headway in New York State.  I have been active in the anti-fracking movement in our region of the Finger Lakes, and have finished a number of pieces that address this issue directly, including the slate pieces, among others.  Below is another attempt to visually explain the circumstances we are facing.  The local history here is complex.  It is geologic, in terms of the glaciers that carved out the whole Finger Lakes region; historic, in terms of the indigenous history of the Haudenosaunee, the 7 tribes of the Iroquois that lived in these rolling hills; economic, in terms of the heavily developed salt mines that spider beneath Seneca Lake in particular; and spatial, in terms of the multi-use agricultural and tourism industries fighting to preserve their livelihood and businesses in the face of a much larger and well-equipped industry who wants to capitalize on the access to the natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation.  Mapping the area where I live is part of my spatial process in "finding Valois".  

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