This handbook provides recommendations to county and local governments, human and social services, police and emergency services, and other local officials dealing with unconventional gas drilling. These recommendations are based on previous research conducted by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative (MSSRC) to document the human and social service impacts of increased drilling. Read PDF of report. The MSSRC brings together non-partisan, independent research and policy organizations from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Virginia to monitor trends in employment, tax policy and community impacts from unconventional gas drilling. Prior research focused on the impact on jobs of drilling in six states; case studies of four counties in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania; and the human and social service impacts across these three states. Throughout this report, we pull from lessons learned from these studies, especially information we gathered from our case study counties — Tioga and Greene counties, Pennsylvania; Wetzel County, West Virginia; and Carroll County, Ohio.
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