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

October 24, 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.

August 30, 2011

A new commission launching this week will give the citizens of Pennsylvania an opportunity to tell their side of the story about drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

July 22, 2011

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.

July 20, 2011

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.

June 20, 2011

Keystone Research CenterDespite media reports, actual jobs data show that Marcellus Shale drilling has created no more than 10,000 jobs in Pennsylvania.

April 11, 2011

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.

September 19, 2010

"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."

May 25, 2010

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:

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