Alex Halperin

Alex Halperin is a freelance reporter in Brooklyn.

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Drill, Maybe Drill?

Upstate New York is in a battle over natural-gas drilling.

Bill Hall of Windsor, New York, holds a sign supporting natural-gas drilling in his state. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Bruce Murray lives on an undulating 150-acre property forested with hardwoods and pines near Ithaca, New York. At 57, Murray, who runs a house-painting business, is bald with a blond-gray beard. He has a hunter's relationship with the land and tries to "do what's right, conservation-wise." Over the years, he says, he has ignored offers to install cell-phone towers on his property and to sell the lumber.