A new website is reducing confusion and bias among economic impact review analyses on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale region.
The site is www.EconomicImpactReview.com.
It will post and review economic impact studies and provide best prtactices for conducting such reviews.
While the initial emphasis is on Marcellus shale, the plan is to expand the reviews to other economic impact studies.
"A properly conducted economic anaylsis can be valuable," said Matthew Rousu, associate professor of economics at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa, and creator of the website.
"But unlike academic studies, very few economic impact studies are reviewed by other experts in the field," he said.
You can also contact Rousu at 570-372-4186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.