Issue Brief

The Effects of the Shale Revolution on Local Governments

Jan 31, 2018 | Daniel Raimi


This brief describes the impacts of the US shale revolution on local governments, and highlights strategies to plan for the future.

Key Findings

  • Local governments have experienced increased revenue due to oil and gas development.
  • They also face increased service demands, led by roads, water infrastructure, and public safety.
  • Most local governments report that increased revenues have outweighed new demands.
  • Local governments in rural regions have struggled at times to manage rapid growth.
  • Revenue volatility has created new challenges for long-term planning.