Socioeconomic Issues

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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

Greene moving forward in providing affordable housing, article in the Observer-Reporter 6/15/2014

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

Western Region Issues document submitted by Eric Robison for discussion at the December 3, 2013 Garrett County Shale Gas Advisory Committee meeting

Draft Best Management Practices for Marcellus Shale Natural Gas released for Public Comment

Center for Sustainable Shale Development

Recommended Best Management Practices for Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Maryland (February 18, 2013) - As the Departments of Environment, Natural Resources, review Dr. Eshleman’s report and consult with the Advisory Commission, all of the recommendations in that report will be considered. The Departments will evaluate whether to add to, accept, reject, or modify Dr. Eshleman’s suggestions, based on a number of factors, including the opinions of the Advisory Commission, the degree of environmental protection, technical feasibility, practicality, and the Departments’ capacity to implement the recommendations and integrate them into their programs.

Summary of the report's recommended BMPs, prepared by Insight Solutions, a private practice public policy consulting organization.

Marcellus shale gas development: best management practices for Maryland - Update for Maryland Safe Drilling Commission September 28, 2012 by Keith N. Eshleman, Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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

Marylanders' Opinions of Natural Gas Development in Western Maryland - a January 2012 poll conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies for the Maryland Petroleum Council Link to the actual poll results

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

What America is Thinking on Energy Issues - 70 percent of voters favor more oil and natural gas development (Harris Interactive Poll for the American Petroleum Institute)

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

State ignored previous warnings about drilling inspector shortage - WV Gazette-Mail

WV Select Committee on Marcellus Shale Draft Bill Completed - Charleston Daily Mail

Rapid Oil, Gas Development Can Bring Social Stresses posted 10/28/11 in The State Journal, WV Business Newspaper

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

Baseline Socioeconomic Analysis for the Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania report released by the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development.

Penn State University Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies

ShaleScoop video series

Posting and Bonding Local Roads in Pennsylvania - PennDOT LTAP technical Information Sheet #57

Marcellus Shale: What Local Government Officials Need to Know - Penn State Cooperative Extension Natural Gas Marcellus Education Team

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