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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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.

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.

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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