Research: Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative
The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative was formed to monitor employment trends, tax policy, economic development, and the community impacts of energy extraction in the Marcellus and Utica Shale. As part of this effort, the Collaborative conducts in-depth research and interviews in order to produce trend analyses, policy recommendations, and other resources that will help local officials, community leaders, the media, and members of the public better understand what needs to be done to address the local impacts of drilling.

Latest Research & Resources from the Multi-State Shale Collaborative

Lessons from the Gas Patch distills lessons for local communities from MSSRC case studies on four drilling counties (two in PA, one each in WV and OH) and from statistical analysis on the social impacts of fracking in drilling-intensive counties.

The Report Card grades state policies in nine areas such as whether the state has effective policies for growing in-state Shale jobs, mitigating the boom-bust character of extraction, ensuring supplies of affordable housing, taxing the shale industry, and tracking health impacts. 

Shale Boomtowns: The Economic and Social Impacts of Gas Drilling"

When it comes to the community changes that result from the arrival of gas drilling and an influx of new workers, the results are mixed. Learn more about the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative's recent forum on shale drilling.

    Researchers with the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative joined academics and economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland for a shale symposium in Cleveland titled “What Communities Need to Know.” The event featured presentations the shale jobs impact, drilling's impact on communities, the importance of having a Future Fund, and more.

    Communities in Pennsylvania experiencing high-intensity Marcellus Shale drilling are seeing significant increases in crime, housing costs, traffic fatalities and their rate of sexually transmitted diseases.

    The first hydraulically fractured shale wells were drilled in Pennsylvania and West Virginia nearly a decade ago. Drawing on existing experiences in these states, and the rapid advance of hydrofracking in Ohio, we can begin to assess the effect of shale development on the most active drilling communities.

    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.

    Learn more about the Collaborative

    Read Midwest Energy News' profile: "Fracking research collaborative cuts across state lines"



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