The Effects of the Shale Revolution on Local Governments

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



Jan. 31, 2018


Daniel Raimi


Issue Brief

Reading time

1 minute

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.


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