University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Effects of Stricter Environmental Regulation on Resource Development

Presented by:
Ian Lange
Colorado School of Mines

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

This analysis seeks to understand whether changes in oil regulation brought about by the shale revolution have restricted the pace of drilling and production. This hypothesis is tested using data on North Dakota and Montana both before and after North Dakota increased the level of bonding required. Results generally a nd that the new regulations had no statistical impact on the pace of drilling and production, however it is found that smaller operators reduced their production and exited. These results are instructive for policymakers who weigh the loss of economic welfare against improved environmental quality when deciding on new regulations.

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