Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, by Lisa Elmaleh

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October 2017 Issue [Forum]

Berkeley Springs, West Virginia


The Kesecker family has been farming in Morgan County for seventy years. In the spring of 2016, a company called Mountaineer Gas offered them a small sum of money if they would allow the utility to lay part of a pipeline across their property. The family declined, and the company sued them. This summer, a court ruled that under eminent domain, Mountaineer had the right to lay the pipe. It will run through the fields that the Keseckers refer to as “God’s country.”

is a photographer based in Paw Paw, West Virginia. Her first book, Everglades, was published last year by Zatara Press.

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