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

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October 2, 2009

A gas industry-financed study overplays the positive impacts of increased natural gas production, while minimizing the negative. PBPC analyzes the study's claims and provides a reality check.

April 28, 2009

A well-structured severance tax on natural gas production will protect Pennsylvania taxpayers from shouldering the public costs that come with increased drilling, according to a report released today by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

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