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.

Learn More: Read a Press Release on the Pennsylvania Case Studies

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

Learn More: Marcellus Shale Tax Policy

Browse PA Economy Publications Below

March 25, 2014

The replacement of Pennsylvania natural gas impact fee with a 5% severance tax is unlikely to deter firms from drilling new wells in the state, and it will certainly not inhibit the continued operation of existing wells.

February 28, 2014

A new Bureau of Labor Statistics report finds that the oil and natural gas industry added a total of 15,114 jobs in Pennsylvania between 2007 and 2012 — a far cry from the hundreds of thousands of jobs often attributed to the industry by its supporters.

January 21, 2014

With the Corbett administration rolling out a new State Energy Plan today, I'll leave it to the energy policy experts to produce a comprehensive evaluation of it. Here, I want to focus on one narrow issue — the jobs impact of shale drilling.

January 10, 2014

Drilling in the six states that span the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim, according to a six-state study released in November 2013 by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative. This webinar laid out the facts on shale drilling's impact on job creation.

December 4, 2013

Many of the core jobs in gas extraction existed well before the emergence of hydrofracking. Together, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia had 38% of all producing wells in the country in 1990 and 32% in 2000.

November 26, 2013

We take a look at how shale drilling has shifted from Pennsylvania to Ohio and other areas with growth in shale oil production beginning in 2012.

November 25, 2013

Natural gas drilling in the six states spanning the Marcellus Shale is highly sensitive to price fluctuations. High prices fueled shale development from 2000 to 2008. As prices have declined, gas drilling activity has slowed while development of higher-priced oil has accelerated.

November 21, 2013

A review of statements by representatives of shale drilling firms and their allies makes the motivation for this exaggeration clear — to preclude, or at least to minimize, taxation, regulation, and even careful examination of shale drilling.

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