We are in the way. The Marcellus Shale development to the west has created a demand for more pipelines to carry gas east to export terminals and urban markets. These big pipes cut wide swaths through natural areas and disrupt developed areas. PA State Representative Steve Santasiero forsees that pipeline zoning presents a big challenge for municipalities, and possibly a more immediate one that fracking.
If you want to get an idea why visit State Impact – Pennslyvania and read their excellent article on the regulatory mess and the consequent challenges faced by municipalities.
(Click the image to view the State Impact site.)