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Long-Term Energy Development Has Negative Impacts on Western Counties

This paper demonstrates that when fossil fuel development plays a prominent, long-term role in local western economies there are negative effects on per capita income, crime rates, and educational attainment.

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Fiscal Lessons for State and Local Governments

This report focuses on the challenges for state and local communities caused by unconventional oil and natural gas development and a number of fiscal best practices that address them.

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Report: New Mexico’s Oil and Natural Gas Industry

This graphical analysis reviews the status of New Mexico’s oil and gas industry including production, drilling activity, and its role in the state’s economy.

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Report: Colorado’s Oil and Natural Gas Industry

This graphical analysis reviews the status of Colorado’s oil and gas industry including production, drilling activity, tax policy, its role in Colorado’s economy.

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Unconventional Oil and North Dakota Communities: State Fiscal Policy Unprepared for Impacts of Energy Development

This report analyzes the growing infrastructure and services needs of the Bakken boom and meeting the demands of unconventional energy development.

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County Level Drilling Activity, 2001-2011

This report focuses on county-level details of drilling rig activity for the period 2001 to 2011 in the six Rocky Mountain oil and gas states of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

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Drilling Rig Activity Nears 20-Year High

A graphical analysis of oil and natural gas drilling in the United States which now has returned to pre-recession levels.

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Report: The Status of Utah’s Oil and Gas Industry

This graphical analysis shows that Utah’s oil and gas industry in early 2012 is recovering steadily.

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Fossil Fuel Extraction and Western Economies

This study analyzes the fossil fuel economy in five Rocky Mountain states—CO, MT, NM, UT, and WY—and how states and communities can maximize benefits and minimize the costs of energy development.

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Energy Development and the Changing Economy of the West-report summary

We examine how the West has changed, the rising importance of environmental amenities, and the relative role of energy development in the economy of western states.

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