Fracking: Good News for Pennsylvania

We get to have the same kinds of opportunities that our grandparents did, and that’s something we never thought would happen.

Nicole Jacobs, Field Director, Energy in Depth

State Overview

Home of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pennsylvania is full of proud fans. The Keystone State now has another reason to cheer – thanks to fracking along the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays, Pennsylvania is now the 3rd largest producer of natural gas in the nation. The oil industry supports more than 300,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, and that number continues to grow. The industry has contributed more than $34 billion to the state’s economy. Energy production in Pennsylvania saved state and local governments $19 billion and public schools $45.5 billion in 2012-20131

The Marcellus Shale Play
  • Pennsylvania’s annual gross natural gas production exceeded 2 trillion cubic feet in 20122

  • The oil and natural gas industry supported 4.7 percent of Pennsylvania’s total employment in 20113.

  • Labor income generated by the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania was responsible for 5.1 percent of the state’s total in 20113.

Local Stories

See how developing energy from the Marcellus Shale has turned Williamsport, Pennsylvania into the seventh fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation.  

  • See how developing energy from the Marcellus Shale has turned Williamsport, Pennsylvania into the seventh fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation.  

  • The oil and natural gas industry works hard to improve the communities in which it operates. Hear from Pennsylvania native and Community Affairs Specialist Susan Oliver-Stough about some of the things the industry is doing to make Keystone State communities thrive. 

  • Industry workers explain the leasing acquisition and permitting processes involved before producing energy in the Marcellus Shale.

Did You Know?

  • The Marcellus Shale play is estimated to contain more than 410 trillion cubic feet of natural gas4.

  • There are nearly 9,000 oil and natural gas wells in Pennsylvania.

  • By 2020, full development of the Marcellus Shale could support more than 211,000 Pennsylvania fracking jobs, according to a study by Natural Resources Economics, Inc5.