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VIDEO: Eminent Domain Meets Civil Disobedience in Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Wars

It was one of the more dramatic moments of the past year’s growing battle over gas pipelines in Pennsylvania: The day Elise Gerhart climbed a tree on her family’s property to protest the clearing of a right-a-way for a new natural gas pipeline. It was also a moment that embodied one of the key issues in the region’s ongoing debate over fracking—namely, to what degree gas development by private companies can be considered a public good. (Video by Ryan Loew / Reporting by Reid Frazier)

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