Vera Scroggins stands in front of a gas compressor station in Liberty Township in northwestern Pennsylvania, on Monday, May 6, 2013. The independent videographer is among a determined group of anti-fracking activists who have helped keep shale gas development out of New York state while neighboring Pennsylvania has experienced a shale gas boom.
Vera Scroggins stands in front of a gas compressor station in Liberty Township in northwestern Pennsylvania, on Monday, May 6, 2013. The independent videographer is among a determined group of anti-fracking activists who have helped keep shale gas development out of New York state while neighboring Pennsylvania has experienced a shale gas boom.
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published Sunday, July 7th, 2013
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Big energy companies have been trying for five years to tap the riches of the Marcellus Shale in southern New York, promising thousands of new jobs, economic salvation for a depressed region, and a cheap, abundant, clean-burning source of fuel close to power-hungry cities. But for all its political clout and financial prowess, the industry hasn't been able to get its foot in the door.

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