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John Nicholson, 27, of Williamsport, recently decided to head outside to enjoy the warm spring weather. He and a friend decided to go rock climbing near Rock Run, an area that Nicholson has enjoyed for some time.
"That is such a beautiful area. Teddy Roosevelt hunted that area - he loved that land - and he hunted all over the world," he said.
However, Nicholson became frustrated while driving into the park.
"I got trapped in this big line of cars. We all had to wait almost 20 minutes while these big gas company diesel vehicles passed us," Nicholson said.
"They had set up these checkpoints on public roads to try and control the traffic while they systematically march these huge diesel vehicles up these one-lane dirt roads with hairpin turns. The road isn't wide enough, so they have to go single file, which holds everyone else up," he added.
Once they got out of the vehicle, Nicholson and his friend were dismayed to discover that many of the new spring plants were covered in a coating of cement dust.
"I couldn't believe how much dust there really was. It's seriously affecting the landscape," Nicholson said.
He added that he has growing concerns the drilling activity will pollute the local water supply.
"I understand that money talks, and that this is a huge industry. But when you start thinking about it from the water issue, that's no longer political. Clean water is a humanitarian issue," Nicholson said.
"How long will people will continue letting other Americans' water supply be destroyed before we do something about it?" he asked.