Shale Resources
Below you will find a wide array of resources from colleges and universities, think tanks and research organizations, academic journals, and state government to help you learn more about shale development.

Sort Reports and Resources:  Universities | Headwaters Economics | ShaleTEC | Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission | Governmental Resources | Other Reports

University Shale Energy Resources

Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC), Collaboration of Pennsylvania College of Technology and Penn State Extension

Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Penn State University

The Marcellus Shale Initiative, Bucknell University

Marcellus Shale Resources, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, University of Pittsburgh

Natural Gas Resource Center, Cornell University

Marcellus Shale Resources, West Virginia University Extension

Great Lakes Energy Institute, Case Western Reserve University

Subsurface Energy Resource Center, The Ohio State University

Energy Policy Center, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Ohio Energy Resources, Ohio University

Resources from Headwaters Economics

Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonprofit research group that blends innovative research techniques and extensive on-the-ground experience working with a range of partners across the West for more than 20 years. Their mission is to improve community development and land management decisions in the West.

Fiscal Lessons for State and Local Governments: Oil and Natural Gas Fiscal Best Practices, September 2013

Unconventional Oil and North Dakota Communities: State Fiscal Policy Unprepared for Impacts of Energy Development, April 2012

Energy Revenue in the Intermountain West, October 2008

Resources from Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC)

Economic and Socioeconomic Issues Related to Shale Drilling

State Tax Implications of Marcellus Shale: What the Pennsylvania Data Say in 2010

Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development on Municipal Governments in Susquehanna and Washington Counties, 2010


Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment, Summer 2009

Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission

The Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission was formed in August 2011 by a group of eight civic, environmental, and good government groups in Pennsylvania. The Commission was tasked with assessing the impacts, both positive and negative, of drilling in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale and identifying the steps that need to be taken to ensure that drilling is done in a responsible manner. After hearing from 116 testifiers at hearing in five cities, the Commission concluded Pennsylvanians believe 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.

Overview of the Commission: Membership, Mission, and Resources, 2011

Final Report of the Commission, October 2011

Recommendations of the Commission, October 2011

Governmental Resources

New York

A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development, New York State Department of Health, December 2014

Marcellus Shale Resource Page, New York State Department of Environmental Protection


Marcellus and Utica Shale Regulation, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency


Final Report of Governor Tom Corbett's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, Office of the Governor, July 22, 2011

Marcellus Shale Resources in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Resources on Act 13 (Pennsylvania Gas Drilling Impact Fee), Public Utility Commission

Marcellus Shale Fast Facts: Employment Data, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

West Virginia

Marcellus Shale Resources, West Virginia Department of Commerce

Other Reports, Research, and Resources

The Marcellus Shale, Explained, StateImpactPA, WHYY-FM and WITF-FM

Hydraulic Fracturing Information, Stark County Education Network for Environmental Sustainability

Resources on West Virginia Homeowners' Rights, West Virginia Surface Owners' Right Organization

Paying it forward: A Future Fund for West Virginia, The West Virginia Future Fund

Conference Resources: Hydraulic Fracturing and the Law in New York State, Albany Law School, September 2013

Poll: 45 Percent of New York Voters Oppose Fracking and 37 Percent Support It, Siena College Poll, September 2013

Rental Housing Assessment: Oil and Gas Exploration Impact on Housing, Carroll, Columbiana, Tuscarawas and Stark Counties, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), January 30, 2013

The Economic Value of Shale Natural Gas in Ohio, The Ohio State University, C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy, December 2011

The Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction: Key Issues, Susan Christopherson, Community & Regional Development Institute, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University, September 2011

The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Extraction: A Review of Existing Studies, Thomas C. Kinnaman, Bucknell University, Ecological Economics, April 2011

The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development on State and Local Economies: Benefits, Costs, and Uncertainties, Jannette M. Barth, New Solutions, 2011

Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies: Current Status and Analysis, Congressional Research Service, February 27, 2007