On December 29, 2015, the University of Colorado Boulder released a report addressing the economic development and tax benefits resulting from oil and natural gas production in Colorado. The report is entitled “Oil and Gas Industry Economic and Fiscal Contributions in Colorado by County, 2014.”
The researchers found that the total economic impacts of the upstream and midstream industry was estimated at “$31.7 billion in 2014, supporting 102,700 jobs and $7.6 billion in compensation” while the state government collected $400 million in property taxes and $330 million in severance taxes during the same time period. Interestingly, it was noted that oil production became a more important player in the state’s energy industry than natural gas production.
The researchers also pointed out that employment was a major area of economic activity in the state of Colorado and that state revenues were funded largely from property taxes. The researchers concluded that “further research is needed to capture the full impact of the oil and gas industry in Colorado” due to the fact that the economic implications of environmental issues related to the industry were not addressed in the report.
Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow