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.
Pennsylvanians believe that gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale has moved too quickly and that public officials need to do a better job protecting their communities and the environment, according to the final report of the Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission.
The Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission issued its final report today, with recommendations that read like an industry wish list. Sharon Ward, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, issued a response.
The Marcellus Shale Coalition released a new study today assessing the impact of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. Read a statement from Sharon Ward, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.
In 2010, West Virginia, Texas and Arkansas, all of which impose a drilling tax, led the nation in new gas wells, while Pennsylvania, without a drilling tax, came in sixth. These facts contrast with recent statements made by Acting Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee.
"Fall is approaching after a smoky summer. There were massive wildfires in Russia and Colorado," Sharon Ward writes. "And then there was Harrisburg, where state lawmakers are contemplating the rules and tax structure governing natural gas extraction from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale."
The natural gas industry released an updated report today on the economic impact of natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center issued the following response: