Companies like Dominion often hire independent contractors to do some of their construction projects.
Steve White, executive director of the ACT Foundation, has been particularly critical of those contractors for bringing in almost all their workers from other states.
Plans to expand Marcellus Shale gas production have also stirred up local opposition from residents concerned about the environmental impact that deep drilling for the gas will have on the stability of their lands and purity of their streams and underground waters.
Marcellus and Utica Shale deposits run from southwestern New York through Pennsylvania down to eastern Ohio and West Virginia and are among the world's largest natural gas deposits.
Last year, three West Virginia cities -- Lewisburg, Morgantown and Wellsburg -- banned Marcellus Shale drilling within their borders.
Last month, two New York state judges in Otsego and Tompkins counties ruled that local governments have the power to ban fracking for gas, challenging a New York state regulation that local governments cannot do that.
More than 50 local communities in New York have passed bans on gas drilling within their borders.
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