Oil & Gas

Oil and natural gas development can be an important source of local jobs, but often comes with tradeoffs such as impacts to the environment and economic volatility. Balancing these impacts is critical for states and communities that want to benefit from energy extraction.

DataViz / Series: State Energy Policies

What Do Local Governments Receive from Oil and Gas Production Taxes?

— Compare the effectiveness of states’ oil and natural gas tax policies to see which states ensure that tax revenue is available in the right amount, time, and location to manage drilling-related increases in the local demand for services. See which states invest in long-term infrastructure and economic diversification.

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How Is Fracking Shaping Your Community and Economy?

— 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.

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Fiscal Lessons for State and Local Governments

— 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.

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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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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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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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Oil Shale: 14 Unanswered Questions

— This report summarizes research and policy documents, and provides a brief overview of the status of oil shale development in the U.S. West.

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