Monday, June 20, 2011

What Communities Should do to Prepare for Natural Gas Development?

The histories suggest that Marcellus Shale communities need to take the current opportunity to form task forces to organize information and oversight structures in their communities. Such task forces can help to define providers of services, jurisdictions, and authorities among local governments and service providers while creating relationships with private sectors and en­ergy companies. Communities need to define the historical patterns of service demand and identify capacities for growth, and then prepare mitigation strategies for when these thresholds are crossed. Perhaps most importantly, communities should prepare for the volatile nature of energy development and design long-term strategies that produce both short term mitigations and long term investments in their communities.”

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