Thompson, Jonathan
May 2008
High Country News;5/12/2008, Vol. 40 Issue 9, p2
The author reflects on the implications of the booming energy industries on the environment and economy of the Western part of the U.S. He argues that local governments can only mitigate the impact of the industry on a certain level as the damage to the environment brought by rigging and drilling can no longer be undone. Moreover, he stresses that local governments should aline their severance tax structure to generate funds for communities bearing the brunt of the booming industry.


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