Fracking: Good News for Ohio

In a world where secure, clean energy is a huge asset, our investments in efficiency and discoveries of natural gas, if properly exploited, have the potential to pull manufacturing back to America from all corners of the globe.

Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist

State Overview

Shale is putting Ohio back to work – thanks to the economic opportunities afforded Ohioans by fracking and its support industries, residents of the Buckeye State have access to good jobs in key American industries. Businesses in small towns throughout Ohio are feeling a boost from the energy production that’s occurring along the Utica Shale Play. The oil and natural gas industry supports more than 200,000 jobs in Ohio, and the state contributed 4.7 percent to the total U.S. energy manufacturing GDP in 20121. Ohio’s labor income - supported by the oil and natural gas industry - comes to $12.7 billion annually,  4.1 percent of the state’s total labor income. 

The Utica Shale Play
  • In 2012, Ohio produced more than 86 billion cubic feet of natural gas2.  

  • The oil and natural gas industry supported 255,100 jobs in Ohio in 20113.

  • Labor income generated by the oil and natural gas industry in Ohio was responsible for 4.1 percent of the state’s total in 20113.

Local Stories

American farmers know better than most that the strength of our country lies in our natural resources. See how the oil and gas industry has helped farmers – and communities – in Ohio thrive. 

  • American farmers know better than most that the strength of our country lies in our natural resources. See how the oil and gas industry has helped farmers – and communities – in Ohio thrive. 

  • Small towns like Carrolton, Ohio are experiencing a boom thanks to the development of the Utica Shale. Once a forgotten Appalachian town, Carrolton now finds itself at the epicenter of economic growth in Ohio. Find out how the town is evolving.  

  • U.S. Steel employees talk about their experience in manufacturing products used in the energy business.

Did You Know?

  • According to the Ohio Geological Survey, the Utica Shale play is estimated to hold 940 million barrels of oil4

  • The steel industry in Ohio is experiencing a massive revitalization due to the energy industry’s need for American steel. 

  • Shale oil and gas development will stimulate an estimated $10 billion a year in economic activity in Ohio.