“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.”
This except from the document titled “Energy Boomtown & Natural Gas: Implications for Marcellus Shale Local Governments & Rural Communities” by Jeffrey Jacquet.