Watching Government: Marcellus shale impact surprises

Impacts of oil and gas development on nearby communities are getting more attention. Some are obvious, such as demand for more services from a suddenly bigger population before tax revenue starts to flow into formerly rural counties and towns. So are others, including longer lines at grocery stores and heavier traffic on two-lane roads. But closer examinations of what's happened as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has brought oil and gas activity into new areas domestically has revealed a few surprises, experts said at an Apr. 10 seminar at Resources for the Future (RFF). Local manufacturing has historically tracked resource booms and busts, according to Hunt Allcott, an assis...

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