Information Collection, Access and Dissemination to Support Evidence-Based Shale Policies

22 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2014  

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Date Written: September 6, 2014

Abstract

To ensure that unconventional shale gas development (UGD) yields net social benefits, we need to identify the magnitude and distribution of its benefits and costs and develop effective technological, management and regulatory strategies to minimize potential adverse effects. A major obstacle in achieving these goals is the gaps in the collection, access and dissemination of information. This paper focuses on informational gaps in assessing a narrow subset of the potential links between UGD and well water contamination, drawing particularly from the experience in Pennsylvania. It suggests strategies for legislators, regulators, industry, and researchers to address these informational gaps, while protecting legitimate privacy concerns. The benefits from improved understanding of the impact of this industry and resulting innovations to mitigate its impacts justifies the costs of data collection, access and dissemination.

Keywords: disclosure policies, right-to-know, risk management, information collection, access, dissemination, transparency

JEL Classification: Q00

Suggested Citation

Gamper-Rabindran, Shanti, Information Collection, Access and Dissemination to Support Evidence-Based Shale Policies (September 6, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2492628 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2492628

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran (Contact Author)

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United States
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