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Effects of Oil Booms on the Local Environment

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E-pub ahead of print
Article number105365
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/09/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Energy Economics
Volume101
Number of pages12
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date21/06/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

We analyze the impact of oil and gas booms on local environmental quality in school districts in Texas between 2010 and 2014. Using data from the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) and County Business Patterns, we distinguish economic activity associated with potential and actual polluters. We find that the presence of oil and gas resources in a school district has spillover effects in terms of economic activity by attracting more potentially polluting firms. Oil abundance also generates an actual environmental burden for school districts located in MSAs as the proportion of firms that actually report a release of toxic chemicals to the TRI increases with oil revenue.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Energy Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Energy Economics, 101, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2021.105365