Marcellus Shale's Impact on Economy and Human Services

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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

November 21, 2013

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 new report released today by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative, a group of research organizations tracking the impacts of shale drilling.

October 23, 2013

Last week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition trumpeted a new claim on the shale drilling industry's positive impact on Pennsylvania jobs. As meaningless statistics go, this is one of the more meaningless.

September 30, 2013

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics gives Pennsylvania its first detailed glimpse of Marcellus Shale-related employment trends for the first quarter of 2013.

April 17, 2013

"Millions in Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars should not be spent to subsidize new markets for natural gas producers," PBPC Director Sharon Ward said in a statement today.

April 17, 2013

These bills ask senior citizens in York and working families in Pottstown to subsidize Chevron, Hess and Royal Dutch Shell.

December 21, 2012

Sharon Ward, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, responded to the recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce/IHS report, America's New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the U.S. Economy[1]:

June 8, 2012

Governor Tom Corbett’s administration has proposed giving $1.65 billion in state tax credits over 25 years to companies that build and operate an ethylene cracker plant in Pennsylvania. It would be a windfall for Shell Oil, which is evaluating a site for a cracker plant in Beaver County.

October 25, 2011

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.

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