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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Study Says Employment Impact of Shale is Overstated

From Grist:
The fracking industry wouldn’t lie, would it? But how else to explain the massive discrepancies between the number of jobs that it claims to create and the number of jobs that it actually creates? Perhaps it’s just confused about what’s going on at its own operations.
Whatever the reason, the gulf between fracking propaganda and reality has been laid bare in a new report led by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative, a watchdog group that studies employment trends, economic development, and community impacts associated with fracking and proposed fracking in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
“Industry supporters have exaggerated the jobs impact in order to minimize or avoid altogether taxation, regulation, and even careful examination of shale drilling,” Frank Mauro, one of the authors of the report, told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Read more from that anti-drilling site here.

The Ohio Oil & Gas Association responded to this report.  From Columbus Business First:
The study said industry supporters have overstated the jobs impact of shale development to minimize or avoid taxation, regulation or even a careful examination of shale drilling. 
But Ohio Oil and Gas Associationspokesman Mike Chadsey called that accusation “bunk” and questioned the credibility of the study because one of its funders was the Park Foundation, which advocates for the environment. 
“They’re well-known for being anti-shale development and anti-oil and gas,” he told me. 
Read that whole article here.

And read more about the report here. 

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