Abstract

This article compares and contrasts the economic operations of the coal industry and the fracking industry in Northern Appalachia. Both of these fossil fuel industries brought a boom of employment to the region, but the implications for the region differ. For example, the coal industry built communities around it based off multi-generational employment whereas fracking is reliant on short-term fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) work arrangements. This article also discusses the environmental impact of both industries, as well as the lack of support for environmental regulation in the name of jobs.

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