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Packing Our Bags

Sep 16, 2013 | Daniel Raimi

Welcome to the Shale Public Finance travel blog!

I’m Daniel Raimi, Associate in Research at the Duke University Energy Initiative. This blog will document my travels to some of the most active oil and gas development regions in the United States. While traveling, I’ll be interviewing public officials with experience in public finance issues associated with oil and gas development in and around their particular state, county, township, or city.

Along the way, I’ll post on this blog observations, photos, and data examining how energy development has affected these governments and communities. Look for new posts roughly once a week and contact me with any comments or questions.

Tentative travel schedule:

Monday, Sept. 16-Thursday, Sept. 20: Washington and Greene counties, southwestern Pennsylvania Marcellus region

Monday, Sept. 30-Thursday, Oct. 3: Bradford, Lycoming, Susquehanna, and Tioga counties, northeastern Pennsylvania Marcellus region

Sunday, Oct. 13-Wednesday, Oct. 16: Dunn, McKenzie, Mountrail, and Williams counties, North Dakota Bakken region

Wednesday, Oct. 16-Friday, Oct. 18: Roosevelt and Richland counties, Montana Bakken region

Wednesday, Nov. 6-Friday, Nov. 8: Weld county, Colorado Niobrara region

Saturday, Nov. 9-Tuesday, Nov. 12: Garfield, Rio Blanco, and Mesa counties, Colorado Western Slope region

Wednesday, Nov. 13-Friday, Nov. 15: Sublette county, Wyoming Green River Basin region

Monday, Dec. 9-Tuesday, Dec. 10: Parker and Tarrant counties, Texas Barnett region

Wednesday, Dec. 11-Friday, Dec. 13: Panola and Harrison counties in Texas; Bossier, Caddo, and DeSoto parishes in Louisiana Haynesville region

Monday, Dec. 18-Tuesday, Dec. 19: DeWitt, Gonzales, and Karnes counties, Texas Eagle Ford region

Wednesday, Dec. 20-Friday, Dec. 22: Andrews, Gaines, and Yoakum counties, Texas Permian Basin region

Monday, Feb. 3-Wednesday, Feb. 5: Cleburne, Conway, Van Buren, and White counties, Arkansas Fayetteville region

This research was carried out at the Duke University Energy Initiative with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.