Analysis shows that proposed federal royalty reforms will increase the cost of delivering natural gas to domestic power plants by a greater amount than coal.
Oil & Gas
This report includes seven major energy-producing states and a new interactive adds four more (AR, LA, and PA). The study and interactive compare how local governments receive production tax revenue from unconventional oil and natural gas.
Lower oil prices could be great for the economy, but for the communities dependent on drilling, the price drop may prove challenging for several reasons.
Monitoring can help local governments better understand the socioeconomic impacts caused by energy development, and support requests to industry and state government for assistance to implement appropriate mitigation.
This report explores the challenges for states and local communities caused by unconventional oil and natural gas development, and fiscal best practices that address them.
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.
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.
This report analyzes the growing infrastructure and services needs of the Bakken boom and meeting the demands of unconventional energy development.
This graphical analysis shows that Utah’s oil and gas industry was recovering at the time of the report.
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.
A graphical analysis of oil and natural gas drilling in the United States which now has returned to pre-recession levels.
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.
This report summarizes research and policy documents, and provides a brief overview of the status of oil shale development in the U.S. West.
While a handful of companies reported being active in the field-testing of new technologies in 2009, only one company had announced plans to upscale to a prototype (semi-works scale) facility.
This study examines how the West has changed, the rising importance of environmental amenities, and the relative role of energy development in the economy of western states.
This report examines the extent of energy reserves in the U.S. and on western public lands, and their scale in light of domestic production and consumption trends.
This report discusses the supply-side orientation of U.S. energy policy, and reviews existing data that describe available reserves, pricing structures, and patterns of consumption and demand.
This report examines fossil fuel extraction as an economic development strategy for rural Western counties and whether it has benefited counties in the long run.
This report analyzes the economic and fiscal contribution of the oil and natural gas industries in New Mexico along with a case study of proposed energy development on Otero Mesa.
For those wishing to dig deeper into the current politics and economics of oil shale, Headwaters Economics recommends the following sources.