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Key Indicators for Understanding Our Region

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Marcellus Shale Brief

The most significant regional survey in decades shows residents of the Greater Pittsburgh area are of two minds when it comes to drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale. While most see it as a chance to give the local economy a much-needed boost, they worry that damage to the environment and greater health risks are the price they’ll pay for new jobs and other benefits.

And nowhere are the contrasts sharper than in Washington County, where drilling is highly concentrated and more residents say they have signed a drilling lease than anywhere else in the region, according to the Greater Pittsburgh Quality of Life Survey conducted by the University of Pittsburgh University Center for Urban and Social Research and PittsburghTODAY, which reports statistical indicators of regional importance.