As reported by the Associated Press, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica shale oil and gas boom. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. “The shale became a lifesaver and a lifeline for a lot of working families,” said Dennis Martire, the mid-Atlantic regional manager for the Laborers’ International Union, or LIUNA, which represents workers in numerous construction trades. For more information, please click here.