The mission of the Shale Gas Governance Center is to promote research, teaching and outreach on the governance issues posed in Pennsylvania, the United States and around the world by the emergence of the “shale gas revolution.”

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June 14, 2017

By Assistant Professor Jeremy Weber and Andrew Earle

Pennsylvania has a long legacy of natural gas drilling. One unfortunate aspect of the legacy is a host of abandoned shallow gas wells throughout the state, some of which likely leak gases or liquids harmful to animals, plants, or people. This raises the question of the fate of the more than 10,000 unconventional natural gas wells that have been drilled in the state over the last decade, with more drilled each day.  Read more.

May 23, 2017

Associate Professor Shanti Gamper-Rabindran presented one of two keynote speeches at the annual meeting of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. The conference was organized by and held at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Gamper-Rabindran spoke about the political and legal institutions in energy transition: the case of shale in the US. Her presentation described how US political and legal institutions, beyond market factors such as high expected gas prices, facilitated shale expansion. 

February 13, 2017

GSPIA faculty in the Energy and Environment (E&E) major have created a blog providing  commentary and analysis of E&E issues of public interest. Three years ago, GSPIA developed the E&E major as Pennsylvania emerged as the global epicenter of extracting natural gas from shale formations. The public policy dimensions of shale gas development are many, ranging from local zoning decisions to global climate change agreements. More broadly, the E&E major features courses addressing a wide range of energy and environment issues from a local, national, and global perspective and equips students with subject knowledge and analytic skills for jobs in local government, industry, and nonprofits. The E&E blog serves as yet another learning pathway for students and faculty to work together to research, analyze and write about the pertinent issues facing the rapidly and shifting energy and environment landscape. The inaugural post, Energy Production and Policy: Quickly Changing: Increasingly Relevant, written by Assistant Professor Jeremy Weber, discusses the emerging and fading energy industries. 

February 07, 2017

Dean Keeler and Associate Professor Jeremy Weber met with Eugene DePasquale during his recent visit to campus. DePasquale is currently serving as the Pennsylvania Auditor General; from 2007 to 2013, he served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the York County-based 95th district. The Auditor General expressed great interest in the research conducted through GSPIA's Shale Gas Governance Center.

October 27, 2016

GSPIA professor Jeremy Weber spoke at the National Governors Association state policy form on responsible shale energy development October 18th and 19th in Pittsburgh. The forum showcased the latest economic, health, environmental, and technological updates for an audience of  governor’s advisors - including policy directors, energy advisors, commissioners and agency directors.

Featured Publication
Broadening Benefits from Natural Resource Extraction: Housing Values and Taxation of Natural Gas Wells as Property

Jeremy G. Weber, J. Wesley Burnett, Irene M. Xiarchos

We study the effects of the property tax base shock caused by natural gas drilling in the Barnett Shale in Texas–a state that taxes oil and gas wells as property. Over the boom and bust in drilling, housing appreciation closely followed the oil and gas property tax base, which expanded the total tax base by 23 percent at its height. The expansion led to a decline in property tax rates while maintaining or increasing revenues to schools.


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