I think that report is a precursor to future work looking more specifically at the economic impact of Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania.
On the topic of economic impact, I have been regularly getting questions about Marcellus Shale economic impacts in the region both from folks in town and those far away. One recurrent question that usually comes with a presumption has to do with the manufacture of pipes and how Marcellus-induced demand must be impacting steel production here in Pittsburgh.
So I thought it was interesting when I caught a news item that did indeed reinforce the idea that Marcellus Shale development is indeed impacting pipe demand... First I was going to say not much of it seems to be from anywhere near here, but the Russian firm being talked about in that story, TMK, has acquired one plant in Ambridge which I am sure is getting a lot of new pipeline orders. But the profits? Sure looks like they wind us as rubles.
and this via the NYT is this: Obscure Regulator Hits Brakes on Northeast Shale Drilling Rush. Gotta wonder about "obscure regulators". What I don't get is why there is a Delaware River Commission, but not an Ohio River Commission. It's not like we are not shy about creating local governments out here. I guess we are just opposed to government entities that could be value added. Lots and lots of river issues that nobody is really addressing in anything other than ad hoc ways.