How Appalachia’s Shale Gas Boom Became an Economic Bust

 

If there is such a thing as a “resource curse”, this is what it looks like. Between 2008 and 2010 the economic output of 22 Appalachian natural gas producing counties grew at three times the rate of the US economy. But the region’s share of income, jobs, and population all declined.

 

Ben Hunkler

Ben comes to ORVI from community advocacy work in the Ohio River Valley. He offers communications and design support for report releases, social media content, and the ORVI Insider.