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Unconventional natural gas development has grown rapidly in the United States in recent years, driven largely by production from shale and tight sandstone formations. Although the pace of development will continue to ebb and flow with gas prices, production will almost certainly continue rising in the coming years.

New York State has been negligent in its performance of stewardship duties with regard to the consideration of hydrofracking. This failure in its service to the people of New York cannot be attributed solely to the wording of its environment conservation law.

Protecting Our Local Roads

The 2011 Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (rdSGEIS) for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) has identified a number of impacts that HVHF will have on local roads, and has proposed measures to mitigate them.

On May 31, 2013, the Illinois Senate passed SB1715, the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation Act, by a vote of 52-3, the day after it passed the House by a vote of 108-9.

In New York and Pennsylvania, the public debate about the prospect or continuation of high volume hydraulic fracturing for shale gas has revolved around its environmental impacts, particularly its effects on water quality, while taking as a given that exploitation of this new natural gas asset will produce significant economic benefits for the states’ economies.

There are engineering, logistical and legal obstacles to insuring good management of local roads in the face of the high-intensity truck travel associated with Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

Using property value data from New York and Pennsylvania to look at the impacts of proximity to a shale gas well on home values, experts find that the effects differ depending on whether homes have access to piped water versus well groundwater. (Published in the American Economic Review)

While shale gas development can result in rapid local economic development, negative externalities associated with the process may adversely affect the prices of nearby homes.

State and national children’s advocates and child health groups today called on New York State officials to broaden their assessments of the impacts of high volume hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) as a method of tapping underground natural gas deposits to include child health impacts and impacts on schools.

Public Schools vs. Shale Gas Pipelines

High Volume Gas Metering Station to be a Stone’s Throw from Northeastern PA Elementary, Middle and High School Campus.

Pennsylvania's smallest - and most vulnerable - citizens deserve clean air and methane-free water fountains when they go to school, right? Are we seriously at the point where we're knowingly exposing school children to toxic air pollution, potential water contamination and massive truck traffic? Apparently, we are.

This research brief discusses findings from a survey of 940 school district superintendents, high school principals, high school directors of curriculum and instruction, and directors of Career and Technology Centers (CTCs) across the 17 intermediate units located within Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale region.

This report analyzes recent growth trends in the number of index crimes, arrests and services provided by the Sublette County Sheriff’s Department during years 1995 to 2004.

As New York cited health concerns for an impending statewide fracking ban, a study released Thursday found the effects in Pennsylvania may be far broader than water pollution.

Yet another reason to hate fracking: It’s connected with an increase in STDs, car crashes, drug-related crimes, and sexual assault in areas where the oil and gas industry sets up shop. Or in Vice-speak, fracking workers have “an insatiable appetite for raw sex and hard drugs.”

Comparing the pre-Marcellus breakout period (2006-2007) to post-Marcellus breakout period (2008-2010), there were no consistent increases in Pennsylvania State Police incidents/calls for service or Uniform Crime Report (UCR) arrest statistics in the top Marcellus-active counties.

A 215 page journal that is well worth a read. In this journal many issues are addressed, including the conflicting role of consultants that perform EIA's and have close relationships with the oil and gas industry.

Long-Term Energy Development Headwaters Economics | December 2013

Long-Term Energy Development Has Negative Impacts on Counties

This paper demonstrates that when fossil fuel development plays a prominent, long-term role in local western economies there are negative effects on per capita income, crime rates, and educational attainment.

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the relationships between oil and natural gas specialization and socioeconomic well-being during the period 1980 to 2011 in a large sample of counties within the six major oil and gas producing states in the interior U.S. West: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

The first hydraulically fractured shale wells were drilled in Pennsylvania and West Virginia nearly a decade ago.

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