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Booms and Busts: The Impact of West Virginia’s Energy Economy

July 20, 2011 by and

As policymakers debate regulating Marcellus Shale gas drilling, the state needs to protect itself from the booms and busts of energy development that have left many counties with undiversified economies, a less-educated workforce and poorer health outcomes. This is according to a new report by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, “Booms and Busts: The Impacts of West Virginia’s Energy Economy”, that looks at the impacts of the cyclical nature of the energy sector on the state’s economy and mining counties. Read