THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT ON STATE AND LOCAL ECONOMIES: BENEFITS, COSTS, AND UNCERTAINTIES

NEW SOLUTIONS, Vol. 23(1) 85-101, 2013: JANNETTE M. BARTH

(Click here for entire report) THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT ON STATE AND LOCAL ECONOMIES: BENEFITS, COSTS, AND UNCERTAINTIES

ABSTRACT
It is often assumed that natural gas exploration and development in the
Marcellus Shale will bring great economic prosperity to state and local
economies. Policymakers need accurate economic information on which to
base decisions regarding permitting and regulation of shale gas extraction.
This paper provides a summary review of research findings on the economic
impacts of extractive industries, with an emphasis on peer-reviewed studies.
The conclusions from the studies are varied and imply that further research,
on a case-by-case basis, is necessary before definitive conclusions can
be made regarding both short- and long-term implications for state and
local economies.
Keywords: economic impact; shale gas development; extractive industries; hydrauli

EarthJustice + Community: A volley in the LPG battle of Seneca Lake

 
Protesters linked arms on Sept. 6 to ensure no traffic could get in or out of the Inergy Midstream property in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County.

Protesters linked arms on Sept. 6 to ensure no traffic could get in or out of the Inergy Midstream property in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County. / FILE PHOTO
Written by
G. Jeffrey Aaron

 

Last week, the fight against plans to create a massive underground liquid petroleum gas storage facility in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County, took a great leap forward. Continue reading

Ingraffea/Engelder Debate, Dundee NY: 01/2013: Should New York State and/or Starkey Township Allow High Volume Shale Gas Extraction?

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Ingraffea/Engelder Debate, Dundee NY: 01/2013: Should New York State and/or Starkey Township Allow High Volume Shale Gas Extraction?

A debate sponsored by the Town of Starkey held January 23, 2013 at the high school auditorium in Dundee, NY between Dr. Terry Engelder, Penn State University, who supports the proposition, and Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell University, who opposes.  Jack Ossant, moderator, introduces debaters

“The value of this science could increment the net worth of U.S. energy

resources by a trillion dollars, plus or minus billions.” —Dr. Engelder

“They are imposing on us the requirement to locate our homes,
hospitals and schools inside their industrial space.” —Dr. Ingraffea

Those unfamiliar or familiar with hydrofracking’s offerings, in favor of or not, or still undecided, should gain new perspectives from this event.

Fracking our Farms: A Tale of Five Farming Families

  • Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association 
  • February 20, 2013

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Environment and Climate Resource Center page.Author’s note: On Sunday, Feb. 17, I marched with the OCA at the Forward on Climate rally in Washington, D.C. At one point, our banner, “Cook Organic Not the Planet,” caught the eye of a dairy farmer.  He approached. I handed him a flyer and launched into my pitch about how organic agriculture has the power to bring dangerous carbon dioxide levels back down to the safe level of 350 parts-per-million. He nodded politely, then stopped me short with this “If they frack all the farms, there isn’t going to be any organic.” Continue reading