From Nacodoches, the "oldest town in Texas"Â according to the city’s website, comes a report of a homeschooling family who are looking for a new home because ofÂ gas and oilÂ exploration due to increasing energy demands in the United States.
- DailySentinel.com, The Daily Sentinel, Nacodoches, Texas, 2 Oct 2005, Oil, gas hazards may force family from unique home
"Our homestead is not the sanctuary that I once felt it was, and it may not even be a safe place to raise my family," she said. "We are beginning the process of looking for a new home."Â
Adding to the sadness of being force to vacate their home is how much their home is a part of themselves, and not just a house that they bought.
The home they fashioned and built themselves is nestled in a secluded wooded area off a red-dirt road in northern Nacogdoches County.
Their two children, Forest and Maya, participated in the design and construction of their own houses as part of a home school project.
The children’s cabins are rustic, wooden structures with large windows overlooking the trees and natural landscape.
Wood stoves keep the family warm in the winter. In the summer, they rely on natural ventilation to help them stay cool. During the hottest months, they vacation in cooler climates or near water.
The Lemons have created a unique alternative living environment without electricity or traditional water services. An organic vegetable garden provides the family with food.
It’s hard to reach a conclusion based on one report, but I would hope that Exxon’s reaction is to help out.
[forlorn hat tip to Leslie, who knows the family from the Rethinking Education conference]