The economic benefits of fracking on local economies still outweigh the more undesirable side effects, according to a new study.
Between 2000 and 2013, the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute conducted a study of the communities near the nation’s most prominent shale formations, including the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas. The study concludes that the economic benefits to citizens during the boom years, overshadowed the negative affects of crime, traffic and pollution.
Economic Benefits of Fracking to Local Communities
- The study found that the shale boom produced benefits valued at as much as $1,900 a year for the average household in nearby communities.
- Income climbed 7 percent
- 10% employment rate
- Home prices increased by 6% (20% in ND)
- Net benefits of around $300 a year for the typical household
Unpleasant Side Effects of Shale Boom
- Higher crime rates
- More traffic
- More pollution
- General anxiety over the environmental dangers
- 20% increase in spending for police and public safety.