Billboards posted and paid for by communities in the gas patch

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Why do private citizens feel they have to resort to paying for billboard space to get their concerns heard by decisionmakers?  Here are some recent billboards spotted in Pennsylvania:

From Lycoming County:

Photo credit: Jen Slotterback, used with permission


Here are billboards seen in Susquehanna County (check out the bottom billboard in the last photo):

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Photo credit for both Susquehanna photos:

Vera Scroggins, Citizens for Clean Water, used with permission