Oil and gas workers didn’t seem to appreciate the “Go home frackers” sign in Lyndia Ervolina’s front yard here in northern West Virginia, where Marcellus Shale wells dot the landscape.

“It was so amusing. I’d watch them out the kitchen window,” Ervolina said during a recent interview at her home. “These guys would walk over and look at that sign, and then one of them would kick it. They’d knock it down on the ground and stomp on it and walk away.

“And I’d walk back out there and set it up again.”

Other showdowns between industry and frustrated landowners have been more hostile…

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