Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 2-2020


Chambers College of Business and Economics


Bureau of Business & Economic Research


Economic Impact of Downstream Gas Development


Downstream gas development has the potential to provide significant economic value if West Virginia can capture this development within its borders. In this report, we explore the potential impact of downstream natural gas industries on the West Virginia economy. To estimate the economic impact of downstream natural gas development, we take a two-pronged approach. First, we identify those industries nationally that require large amounts of natural gas in their production process. We then choose three of these industries that have the greatest potential for development within West Virginia. Second, we estimate the economic impact of a typical establishment in each of these industries based on national average employment and wages. From these estimates, we derive an overall potential economic impact.