Marcellus Shale's Impact on Economy and Human Services

Issue Spotlight: Case Studies Look at Shale Drilling’s Mixed Legacy

Natural gas drilling has transformed two Pennsylvania counties with the greatest development activities, for better and for worse. While there were new jobs and businesses, there was also more crime, increased costs for emergency services and road maintenance, and a shortage of affordable housing. In one of the two counties, the benefits proved to be temporary, as drilling activity subsided.

The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative set out to document the local impacts of shale gas drilling in Greene and Tioga counties, as well as in Carroll County, Ohio, and Wetzel County, West Virginia.

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Learn More: Read a Summary of All Four Shale Case Studies

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(HARRISBURG, PA)With state budget negotiations heating up in Harrisburg, for the first time new information-packed fact sheets are being released by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center that reveal the real impact of Gov. Wolf's budget plan on taxpayers, homeowners, schoolchildren, minimum wage workers and other Pennsylvanians who would be affected by his proposals.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 11, 2015) -- In response to Gov. Wolf’s announcement this morning of a proposed severance tax on natural gas, Michael Wood, research director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, released the following statement:

“Enacting a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania is long overdue. We, therefore, applaud Gov. Wolf’s proposal earlier today to establish such a tax at the same rate as neighboring West Virginia’s tax.

 

HARRISBURG, PA (Dec. 17, 2014) – Communities in Pennsylvania experiencing high-intensity Marcellus Shale drilling also are seeing significant increases in crime, housing costs, traffic fatalities and their rate of sexually transmitted diseases, a new analysis released today confirmed.

How does hydro-fracking affect the rural communities at the epicenter of drilling activity? A rich body of literature on the human impacts and lore exists from the Mountain West: of boomtowns and bar fights, and rising rents and rising crime that accompanied oil and gas development in Wyoming and Colorado in the 1980s and 1990s, and more recently in North Dakota shale oil fields.

Considerable evidence indicates that shale development has followed a similar trajectory in Pennsylvania. Work from academic researchers and advocacy groups such as Food and Water Watch, and our own indepth examination of two high-intensity Pennsylvania drilling counties (Greene and Tioga) document increased traffic, damaged roads, rising rents, and intensified demands on police and local first responders.

April 10, 2014

Natural gas drilling has transformed two Pennsylvania counties with the greatest development activities, for better and for worse.

April 10, 2014

Natural gas drilling has transformed two Pennsylvania counties with the greatest development activities, for better and for worse.

March 31, 2014

Has natural gas drilling been the economic game changer that industry leaders promised? Not according to the most reliable analysis.

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