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Who Needs a Fracking Education? The Educational Response to Low-skill Biased Technological Change

National Bureau of Economic Research / by Elizabeth U. Cascio Ayushi Narayan http://papers.nber.org/tmp/67278-w21359.pdf (Fee-based publication) Over the past decade, a technological breakthrough – hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” – has fueled a boom in oil and natural gas extraction by reaching shale reserves inaccessible through conventional technologies. We explore the educational response to fracking, taking advantage of … Continue reading

Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates

PLoS One (July 15, 2015; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131093) / by Thomas Jemielita, et al. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0131093 Over the past ten years, unconventional gas and oil drilling (UGOD) has markedly expanded in the United States. Despite substantial increases in well drilling, the health consequences of UGOD toxicant exposure remain unclear. This study examines an association between wells and healthcare … Continue reading

Economic Impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative on Nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States

Review of the Use of RGGI Auction Proceeds from the First Three-Year Compliance Period Analysis Group / by Paul J. Hibbard , et al. http://bit.ly/1TB5FaH [Forbes] …a new study from Boston consultancy Analysis Group shows that controlling and lowering CO2 emissions translates into a major economic development and jobs program with continued system reliability. The … Continue reading

State Practices to Protect Drinking Water While Developing Shale Energy

National Governors Association http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/2015/1507DrinkingWaterShaleEnergy.pdf [Press Release] [This report] looks at factors governors should consider when developing practices to protect ground and surface water that can potentially be used for drinking and food production. Those factors include: Reducing the amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing; Ensuring the integrity of wells during drilling and post-drilling to minimize … Continue reading

New Report Describes Risks, Unknowns of Well Stimulation Techniques, Including Fracking

An Independent Scientific Assessment of Well Stimulation in California — Summary Report: An Examination of Hydraulic Fracturing and Acid Stimulations in the Oil and Gas Industry California Council on Science and Technology http://www.ccst.us/publications/2015/2015SB4summary.pdf [Abstract] Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) requires an independent study to assess current and potential future well stimulation practices in California, including the … Continue reading

New California Fracking Rules and Final Environmental Impact Report Released July 1

SB4 Final Environmental Impact Report California State Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dog/Pages/SB4_Final_EIR.aspx (press release) http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dog/Pages/SB4_Final_EIR_TOC.aspx (Final Environmental Impact Report) [Los Angeles Times] State officials on Wednesday formally adopted new rules governing hydraulic fracturing in California, setting in motion some of the toughest guidelines in the nation for the controversial oil extraction practice. [The California … Continue reading