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Shale Energy Community Planning

Energy rich rural communities, especially those experiencing growth due to the wave of Shale Oil and Gas production in the U.S., are often unprepared to address the myriad of impacts that result from these unconventional energy extraction technologies.  Impacts occur not only in the economic realm, but also in the social and environmental sectors of community.  They are both short-term and long-term, and can be beneficial or detrimental to the overall fabric of community.    

To address these potential impacts, an OSU Extension Team has developed and piloted a sustainable community development planning process to meet the needs of local leadership and residents in shale impacted communities.  This sustainability model aims to inform a long-term plan that address and balance the social, environmental and economic impacts of energy development.

This web site will provide useful documents and resources for the community leaders, organizational representatives, public officials and community residents involved in the creation of a sustainable community development plan.  If you have any questions, please contact Myra Moss (

Please click the links below to download materials.  

Module I:  Introduction to Shale Development and Planning Process

  1. Curriculum Introduction
  2. Introduction - Teaching Outline
  3. Creating Sustainable Community Energy Plans through Citizen Engagement (PowerPoint)
  4. Preparing Communities for Shale Development (Marketing Brochure)
  5. Evaluation Template - Introduction

Module II: Social Impacts of Shale Development

Contact:  Cindy Bond (

  1. Social Impacts-Teaching Outline
  2. Adapting to Shale-Based Development through a Countywide Approach: Lessons Learned from Jefferson County, Ohio (PowerPoint)
  3. Evaluation Template - Social Impacts
  4. Fact Sheet - Adapting to Shale-Based Development Through a Countywide Approach: Lessons Learned from Jefferson County, Ohio 

Module III: Environmental Impacts of Shale Development

Contact:  Myra Moss (

  1. Environmental Impacts - Teaching Outline
  2. Environmental Issues Associated with Oil and Natural Gas Extraction, Transport and Processing in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Region of Ohio (PowerPoint)
  3. Evaluation Template - Environmental Impacts

Module IV: Economic Impacts of Shale Development

Contacts: Nancy Bowen ( or Eric Romich (

  1. Economic Impacts – Teaching Outline 
  2. Economic Impact Session - PowerPoint Presentation Template 
  3. Economic Impact Session: Cluster Analysis & General Economic Trends in Guernsey Co. (Audio Narration for PowerPoint) 
  4. Shale Energy Economic Strategies - Interactive Group Exercise 
  5. Using Location Quotients in Cluster Analysis 
  6. Shale Energy Program Evaluation (Economic Impacts)

Module V: Sharing Workgroup Results and Developing Sustainable Goals

Comming Soon!

South Dakota State University Extension Materials 

  1. Conference Agenda - Community Impacts of Energy Development Conference
  2. Bakken Investigation Tour August 26-28, 2014
  3. Report on the Community Impacts of Energy Development Conference

Sustainable Planning Resources - Organizing Local Workgroups

  1. Timeline and Activities
  2. Role of the Workgroup
  3. Role of the Workgroup Chairs
  4. Outline for Sections of Plan
  5. Overview of the Planning Process 

Additional Resources

  1. Glossary of Terms
  2. NCRCRD Project Evaluation Summary
  3. Power Point Presentation - 2/7/2014 Overview
  4. Power Point Presentation - 2/7/2014 Shale Update for Guernsey County
  5. Power Point Presentation - 8-8-14 Economic Trends in Guernsey County 
  6. Guernsey County Comprehensive Strategic Plan (Approved May 2015) 

Economic Development Administration Grant Reports (Comming Soon!)

  1. Building Sustainable Communities in Ohio’s Shale Region:
 Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association Report
  2. Building Sustainable Communities in Ohio’s Shale Region:
 Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District  Report
  3. Building Sustainable Communities in Ohio’s Shale Region:
 Eastgate Regional Council of Government Report
  4. Building Sustainable Communities in Ohio’s Shale Region:
 Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization Report