The road to prosperity runs through Conklin, New York -- but people here say the good times keep passing them by.
Kenny Brown works at a local pizza shop and says the economy is struggling and depressed.
"There's barely jobs left. There's no one left to spend the money, and we need something to bring money in and people to stay in the area," Brown told the FOX Business Network. That something, according to Kenny, is fracking.
Just a few miles from Conklin, across the border in Pennsylvania, thousands of wells are fracking the Marcellus Shale, deep below the ground, releasing valuable natural gas. Fracking has created 30,000 jobs in Pennsylvania over the the last ten years, and will add roughly $26 billion annually to Pennsylvania's economy by 2020, according to IHS Global Insight.
But New York counties and towns on the Pennsylvania border, an area called the Southern Tier, can only watch as their neighbors reap the rewards from fracking. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided recently to extend a statewide ban on high volume fracking, despite estimates fracking would create 15 to 18,000 jobs in economically depressed areas...