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New RFF Webinar Series: Community Impacts of Unconventional Gas and Oil Development

Jun 6, 2017 | Laura Zachary

Join Resources for the Future (RFF) for a new webinar series: WHIMBY—What’s Happening in My Backyard? The Community Impacts of Unconventional Gas and Oil Development.

Since the early 2000s, unconventional oil and gas development has revolutionized the US energy landscape. On a macro level, many of the benefits and costs seem fairly clear. How local communities have fared, however, is less well understood. Over the past two years, experts at RFF have undertaken an extensive series of original research projects designed to examine and, when possible, quantify the benefits and costs to local communities experiencing unconventional oil and gas development. This year, a new RFF webinar series will highlight findings from this broad research portfolio, with input from RFF and outside experts.

The first webinar in this series will provide an overview of findings from in-depth literature reviews, focusing on the impacts of unconventional oil and gas development on health and housing prices. RFF experts will present the “Community Risk-Benefit Matrix,” in which they rate the literature reviewed according to the prevalence, consistency, and quality of findings across studies and regions.

A Community Risk-Benefit Matrix of Unconventional Gas and Oil Development
June 15, 2017
3:30–4:30 p.m. EDT

Exploring the Effects of Energy Resource Booms on Public Education
August 10, 2017
1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

The webinar series will also explore the following topics related to unconventional oil and gas development:

  • Impacts on public education in school districts in six states
  • Solid waste disposal, water usage, and truck traffic in Pennsylvania
  • Lease terms for landowners in Pennsylvania, including external benefits and lease productivity
  • Community fiscal health conditions during an industry downturn
  • Options for enhancing industry–community engagement

Learn more about this RFF research initiative: The Community Impacts of Shale Gas and Oil Development.

For questions about this webinar series, contact Laura Zachary at or Kristin Hayes at

The views expressed in RFF blog posts are those of the authors and should not be attributed to Resources for the Future.