The Marcellus and Utica shale underlie West Virginia, but comprehensive research about how West Virginians might be well-positioned to benefit from the resource is lacking. Vision Shared commissioned the Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research to provide a report on the state’s ability to grow investment, jobs, and wealth as a result of this natural resource.
This paper is not intended to advocate for specific policy positions. Rather, an exploration of options is brought forward from a well-considered background of West Virginia’s strengths.
Neither is the paper intended to weigh in the debate about the environment, which has already been the subject of much published research. Safe and environmentally-responsible production is a foundation of any effort addressing the development goals of long-term growth and wealth generation.
Among the discussion points:
Vision Shared believes there is great potential for all West Virginians to benefit from Marcellus and Utica Shale resources, but also recognizes that opportunity is not a guarantee. It is in the best interest of the state that we work to understand the full potential of these resources and strive to maximize the benefits for all with a responsible and long range perspective.