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The Role of Oil and Gas and Amenities in County Economic Development - Ryan M. Yonk, Ph.D, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, Southern Utah University and Randy T Simmons, Ph.D, Department of Economics and Finance, Utah State University

Chancellor says Marcellus shale jobs are there, 6/17/14 WV MetroNews article about shale gas job training at Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont and West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling

Planning for Shale Oil and Gas Boomtowns - presentation by Jessica Varsa and Allison Mouch

The Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health has posted the draft scoping document for the public health study for comment at  The comment period will be open for 30 days, until January 24, 2014.  The report describes the overall scoping process, the comments received by stakeholders, the specific topics to be considered in the subsequent phases, data sources, and methods for the assessments, and a timetable for the health assessment.

Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board's final report

Exaggerating the Employment Impacts of Shale Drilling: How and Why, report by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative November 2013

Oil, gas industry creating jobs, but not always at benefit of locals article from WTAE Pittsburgh

Virginia Tidewater Communities Educating Themselves on Fracking Issues article in the Chesapeake Bay Journal December 2013

2013 Harrisburg Marcellus Shale Fracking Symposium * Videos and Conference Materials

Shale Energy Boom = Manufacturing Boom? Article by EntreWorks

Creating an Economic Diversification Trust Fund: Turning Nonrenewable Natural Resources into Sustainable Wealth for West Virginia - WV Center on Budget & Policy, January 2012

Article about potential shale development in Virginia from

Center for Sustainable Shale Development

Fracking's Footprint: Scientists Study Impact of Shale Gas Development on Pennsylvania’s Forests, article by Madeline Fisher in Crop Society of America (CSA) News Magazine, July 2012 issue

Chesapeake Testing ‘Green’ Fracking Fluids in Shale Wells - Bloomberg News

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Whitepaper on Marcellus Shale

New Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center open in Williamsport, PA.  Information at

Oil & Gas Drilling News from Oil & Gas Journal - Oil, gas and petroleum news and resources. Topics include oil and gas exploration, oil drilling, refining, and processing. The latest oil and gas news, markets and company information. Note: some articles contain subscriber-only content.

Shale Energy: 10 Points Everyone Should Know by American Petroleum Institute, 2012

Marcellus Shale Coalition Launches Marcellus on Main Street Initiative, an online business directory to connect the natural gas industry with small and medium sized businesses across the region

The Potential Economic & Fiscal Impacts of Natural Gas Production in Western Maryland - A study submitted by the Sage Policy Group on behalf of the Maryland Petroleum Council, March 2012

Fracking in the Marcellus Shale, a four-part series by Patricia Villone gets a behind-the-scenes tour of the newest technology in natural gas exploration.  Part 1 ♦♦♦ Part 2 ♦♦♦ Part 3 ♦♦♦ Part 4

The U.S. Energy Department cut its estimate for natural gas reserves in the Marcellus shale formation by 66 percent, citing improved data on drilling and production

CaRDI Report - The Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction: Key Issues A Research Project sponsored by the Cornell University Department of City & Regional Planning

Fracking Resources from The Network for Public Health Law

Ohio shale drilling spurs job hopes in Rust Belt - AP

Shale Gas Reserves Could Reignite U.S. Economy - Bloomberg

Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction, A Research Project sponsored by the Cornell University Department of City & Regional Planning

The Marcellus Multiplier, Powering Pennsylvania's Supply Chain, by Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Interior Boosts Marcellus Shale gas estimates, The Hill.

Economics of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Webinar (recorded)

Powerpoint Presentation from Economics of Marcellus Shale Drilling webinar (pdf file)

Economic Value Estimates for Garrett & Allegany Counties from UMD Extension Garrett County

Value of Drilling for Natural Gas in NY State Marcellus Shale, from John Schwartz, retired faculty member of Ithaca College, NY.

The Economic Impact of the Natural Gas Industry and the Marcellus Shale Development in West Virginia in 2009

Potential Economic Impacts of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania: Reflections on the Perryman Group Analysis from Texas 2009

An Emerging Giant: Prospects and Economic Impacts of Developing the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play  Full Report (1 MB)         Part 1 (456 KB)        Part 2 (565 KB)

The Economic Impacts of the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play: An Update May 24, 2010

Concerns about the Economic Impact Estimates of Marcellus Shale, from The Marcellus Accountability Project for Tompkins County, NY.

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