The Influence of the Marcellus Shale on Employment and Wages in West Virginia
Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration for the past decade reveal a subtle, yet distinct shift in the use of fossil fuels for the generation of electricity in the United States. There has been significant movement toward natural gas as a power generation fuel source, and even more, portends the impending influence of the Marcellus Shale in the eastern U.S. The overall effect on specific industries in West Virginia due to activity within the Marcellus Shale gas field is becoming more evident as an examination of the most recent forty-eight month interim confirms.

Characterizing Pivotal Sources of Methane Emissions from Unconventional Natural Gas Production
This document presents the results from a collaborative effort among members of the American Petroleum Institute (API) and America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) to gather data on key natural gas production activities and equipment emission sources - including unconventional natural gas production - that are essential to developing estimates of methane emissions from upstream natural gas production.

Geomechanical Study of Bowland Shale Seismicity
This report was commissioned by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd in June 2011 to study the relationship between Cuadrilla’s operations and two small earthquakes that occurred near the Preese Hall wellsite in Lancashire, UK. This synthesis report utilizes independent technical reports prepared by Seismik (lead investigator Dr. Leo Eisner), Q-con (lead investigator Dr. Stefan Baisch), Geosphere (Dr. Tim Harper), StrataGen (lead investigator Dr. C.J. de Pater) and Baker-GMI (lead investigator R. Guises). Well data and technical information was provided by Cuadrilla Resources.

Key Investments in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Technologies from 2000 Through 2010
This report provides estimates of the investments made from 2000 through 2010 in various greenhouse gas emission reduction technologies. Estimates are provided for the oil and gas industry, other private sector industries and the Federal Government.

The Impact of Marcellus Gas Drilling on Rural Drinking Water Supplies
This research looked to provide an unbiased and large-scale study of water quality in private water wells in rural Pennsylvania before and after the drilling of nearby Marcellus Shale gas wells. It also looked to document both the enforcement of existing regulations and the use of voluntary measures by homeowners to protect water supplies.

Taxation of Natural Gas: A Comparative Analysis
The purpose of this study is to compare the taxes levied on natural gas production in West Virginia with other producing states. Rather than answering the question as to whether or not these taxes are too high, it is the intention of this report to provide fairly detailed information on how other states tax natural gas.

Shale Gas and New Petrochemicals Investments: Benefits for the Economy, Jobs and US Manufacturing

This report presents the results of the analysis conducted to quantify the economic impact of the additional production of petrochemicals and downstream chemical products stimulated by the increase in ethane availability through the production of shale gas.

Shale Gas and U.S. National Security
In this study on U.S. energy security, the Baker Institute examines the geopolitical consequences of rising supplies of natural gas from shale and the implications for U.S. security and foreign policy.

City of Fort Worth Natural Gas Air Quality Study
The city of Fort Worth is home to extensive natural gas production and exploration as it lies on top of the Barnett Shale, a highly productive natural gas shale formation in north-central Texas. Over the last several years, natural gas production in the Barnett Shale has increased dramatically. This increase in activity has been brought about by advancements in drilling technologies, most notably hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

The Economic Impacts of the Marcellus Shale: Implications for New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
This study estimates the economic impacts of current and future Marcellus development activity. Natural gas development stimulates the economy through business-to-business spending and via payments to landowners.

Drilling for Jobs: What the Marcellus Shale Could Mean for New York
This report compares how individual counties in New York and Pennsylvania have been affected by Marcellus Shale development. It examines employment statistics in Tioga County, New York and Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

The Economic Impact of the Natural Gas Industry and the Marcellus Shale Development in West Virginia in 2009
In order to quantify the economic importance of the natural gas industry and the Marcellus Shale play in West Virginia, this report analyzes the industry and presents results from an economic impact in calendar year 2009.

Oil and Gas Road Bonding Policy: February 2011
Upon further review of the Interim Oil and Gas Roads Policy, the West Virginia Division of Highways recognizes a need to focus the scope of its Policy on those horizontal drilling operations that are anticipated to have significant impacts on State roadways and to ensure continued maintenance of the State’s local roadways in light of heavy road traffic attendant to those types of oil and gas development operations.

Water Management and Marcellus Gas Development
This is a PowerPoint presentation presented by Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, on the impact of Marcellus Shale production on water management concerns.

State of West Virginia Executive Order No. 4-11
In an executive order aimed at the Department of Environmental Protection, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said these rules were necessary to protect public safety and the environment ahead of an expected boom in the state’s gas industry.