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If New York state is currently the North Korea of shale gas development, Pennsylvania is South Korea—more market-friendly, more prosperous, but also more volatile, with opposing forces pitted in a continuous and contentious struggle for the hearts and minds of citizens and royalty owners. That’s an exaggeration, but the Appalachian basin has been the demilitarized zone of the shale wars, in the same ironic sense as the one on the Korean peninsula.

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