Fracking: Good News for Arkansas

Hydraulic fracturing is creating an energy revolution in the United States. I would say to everybody that hydraulic fracturing is safe.

Ken Salazar, Former Interior Secretary

State Overview

Arkansas is the proud home of Little Rock, Hot Springs, and acre after acre of beautiful nature. It also happens to be the 8th largest natural gas producer in the country, responsible for 4.5 percent of America’s natural gas due to fracking along the Fayetteville Shale Play. The oil and natural gas industry supports 5.9 percent of the state’s total employment, some 92,500 jobs. Arkansas labor income is supported by the oil and natural gas industry and totals $4.22 billion annually, 6.3 percent of the state’s total labor income. From 2012-2013, the industry also helped Arkansas public schools save $9.9 million and 144 teachers’ jobs1. During that same time, state and local governments saved $4.9 million. 

The Fayetteville Shale Play
  • Arkansas produced 4.5 percent of the nation’s marketed natural gas in 20122.

  • The oil and natural gas industry supported 5.9 percent of Arkansas’s total employment in 20113.

  • Labor income generated by the oil and natural gas industry in Arkansas was responsible for 6.3 percent of the state’s total in 20113.

Local Stories

In just a few years, Arkansas has risen from producing 1 percent of the country’s natural gas to 4.5 percent of total U.S. production. A large part of the boost is attributed to advanced technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – these technologies have enabled engineers to unearth large amounts of natural gas from the Fayetteville Shale Play that stretches across the state.   Community Relations Manager David Evans is one of many individuals participating in the energy conversation, and he knows firsthand how important safety is to the citizens of Searcy, Arkansas. View his story.

Did You Know?

  • Marketed natural gas production in Arkansas more than doubled from 2008 to 20124.

  • The Fayetteville Shale Play is estimated to contain 32 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas5

  • Natural gas production related jobs rose from 14,500 to 22,000 in the Fayetteville Shale region from 2008 to 20116.