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PASA Member J. Stephen Cleghorn: An Organic Farmer’s One-Man Fracking Ban
December 13, 2013
by Caitlin Kawaguchi, reposted from Global Exchange
When J. Stephen Cleghorn realized that Paradise Gardens and Farm, his certified-organic farm in Pennsylvania that sits above the Marcellus Shale formation, was at risk of being “fracked” for shale gas extraction, he knew he had to act. But he did more than just act against fracking when he became the first private property owner in the United States to use a deed easement recognizing the Rights of Nature to ban all activities that would do systemic harm to the ecosystem both above and deep below the surface of his farm.