Shale gas development and crime: A review of the literature

Paul Stretesky*, Philipp Grimmer

*Corresponding author for this work

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This systematic review summarizes the relationship between shale gas development and crime. A comprehensive search uncovered 25 shale–crime quantitative studies published between 2005 and 2019. These outputs suggest the study of shale gas development and crime is multidisciplinary, increasing rapidly and mainly carried out in the United States. When considered in aggregate these studies provide clear evidence that shale gas development is likely to increase crime. A majority of studies find that shale gas development increases total crime, violent crime, property crime, social disorganization crimes and violence against women. We conclude by suggesting that these findings should be considered by policymakers and planners when determining whether and how shale development should be allowed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1147-1157
Number of pages11
JournalExtractive Industries and Society
Issue number3
Early online date8 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


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