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Natural gas has emerged as an increasingly attractive source of energy since it is highly efficient, abundant, and cleaner than any other fossil fuel. In this paper, we examine the impact of widespread adoption of natural gas as a source of fuel on infant mortality in Turkey, using variation across provinces and over time in the intensity of natural gas utilization.

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.

Depending on where and how it’s done, natural gas drilling does have the potential to impact Pennsylvania’s waterways, an independent study reveals.

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.

A leaked internal New York State Department of Transportation document suggests that the state is not ready for an estimated increase of up to 1.5 million heavy truck trips per year that could result from natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Author: Stephen Herzenberg, June 2011

“…an increase in new hires does not directly equate to an increase in the total employment count. The new hires count is simply an indication of hiring activity in an industry. Separations, in the form of initial claims (layoffs) or quits, are linked to job destruction and account for the other half of the employment change equation. The balance of hires and separations result in the employment change.”

December 2014. By Mark Price, Luis Basurto, Stephen Herzenberg, Diana Polson, Sharon Ward, and Ellis Wazeter
Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative

This report was released by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative, a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Budget Policy Center, Keystone Research Center, Fiscal Policy Institute in New York, Policy Matters Ohio, West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, and The Commonwealth Institute in Virginia.

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