Yet, there is more in this report: the authors believe that fracking industries bring with them all sorts of social evils:
But are extractive industries good for human development? These jobs typically pay well compared to other jobs in the rural communities where extractive industries are located or other jobs that workers without college degrees could secure elsewhere. In addition, the influx of workers supports other local businesses. But the higher pay that workers earn is offset by dangerous working conditions, lack of job security (market changes can have big and sudden impacts), and relatively short careers (these jobs are often physically arduous and thus best suited to the young) without much room for advancement. Fracking boom towns have seen skyrocketing rents; poor, overcrowded living conditions and housing shortages; traffic, sanitation, and other environmental impacts; increased violence among workers and against women; and problems with substance abuse. Several media outlets have highlighted how the concentration of young, transient men in boom towns has created an atmosphere that many women and long-time residents find threatening. Thus, the picture is mixed at best.
This study shows no evidence or data to support the claim made above, but that has not stopped at least one site from praising the “findings“. We should look for the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia to wade into these waters with more reliable research on fracking in the future. However, as a professor who teaches social research methods, I would have to contend that the study could be improved immensely. There may be a relationship between some of the variables noted in the study. However, the report does not make an effort to show it. As a matter of hard science, and soft science, it should be placed in the category of fail.