I thought I smelled something funky about this:
Shale gas drilling generates sufficient taxes and fees to cover the costs of local government services, such as road repair, waste water services and emergency services, according to a study by Duke University researchers.
Richard Newell and Daniel Raimi of Duke’s Energy Initiative concluded that regions with active drilling generally experience financial benefits from fracking activity.
As to that "road repair" observation, you may want to tell that to the folks in Pennsylvania who are tearing their cars to pieces bumping along what used to be a decent road system. Doubtless much of their other findings are arguable, but right now I'm more concerned with what's fueling the findings: