Why is there an east/west divide around the industry?

The short answer is the natural gas found in central and northeastern Pennsylvania is considered “dry gas” while the natural gas developed in western and southwestern Pennsylvania is “wet gas.” This has to do with the contents of the gas. Dry gas is close to pure methane. Wet gas has heavier hydrocarbons (butane, ethane, propane) mixed in with the methane. If your question is referring to a general divide between the residents of the two geographies, we don’t see a divide. Natural gas development has broad support across Pennsylvania, as the benefits of development know no geographic boundary.