Fundamentals of Shale Energy Development: Geology, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Environmental, Geopolitical and Socio-economic Impacts

Lesson 10: Community Impacts

Lesson 10: Community Impacts


In this lesson, you will learn about the boomtown impact model and consider how the model might be updated to fit the particular conditions of shale gas development. Next, we will assemble a handy “toolbox” of ways to assess information about the social impacts of shale gas development. Assigned readings will give an overview of each topic, and can then be applied to actual data from the Marcellus Shale region. 

Main topics include:

  • Causation in Social Science
  • Community Impacts in the Media
  • Boomtown Impact Model
  • Risk Perception
  • Institutional Trust

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Summarize the boom-bust cycle and its potential impacts
  • Assess the physical and social impacts of shale gas development

Lesson Roadmap

Lesson 10 Roadmap
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  • Lesson 10 Homework