Fracking: Good News for Texas

In the national discussion on fracking, we can’t ignore the significant economic and environmental benefits that the shale revolution is providing, and will continue to provide to the U.S. economy.

Mark J. Perry, The American Enterprise Institute

State Overview

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including natural gas production: Texas produced 29 percent of America’s natural gas in 2013, making it the leading natural gas producer among the states. This is good news for Texans - in 2013, the state’s natural gas and oil industry experienced a 6.1 percent increase in payrolls, which amounts to 24 new employees every business day1! Almost 2 million jobs are supported by the oil and gas industry, 13.9 percent of Texas’s total workforce. Three large plays - Barnett Shale, Eagle Ford Shale, and Haynesville Shale - are located in Texas. Oil and gas activity from these shale plays has contributed more than $300 billion in economic activity for the state2.

The Barnett Shale Play
  • Crude oil production is rising about 28 percent each year in Texas3.

  • The oil and natural gas industry supported 13.6 percent of Texas’s total employment in 20114.

  • Labor income generated by the oil and natural gas industry in Texas was responsible for 18.7 percent of the state’s total in 20114.

Local Stories

Towns like Crystal City, Texas are experiencing many economic benefits from the production in the nearby Eagle Ford Shale. Learn about the Eagle Ford Consortium and the lessons Crystal City is learning from other significant oil fields across the country.      

  • Towns like Crystal City, Texas are experiencing many economic benefits from the production in the nearby Eagle Ford Shale. Learn about the Eagle Ford Consortium and the lessons Crystal City is learning from other significant oil fields across the country.      

  • Communities like Dilley, Texas are seeing many benefits from the development of the Eagle Ford Shale. Dilley's City Administrator, Melissa Gonzalez, explains how the town is growing and expanding its resources.

  • Production in the Barnett Shale has helped local economies thrive and grow. Hear Celina, Texas residents and professionals describe how the oil and natural gas industry has revitalized their town.

Did You Know?

  • The Eagle Ford Shale Play in Texas is assessed to hold approximately 3 billion barrels of oil5.      

  • More than 5,000 wells in the Fort Worth, Texas area pump oil and natural gas from the Barnett Shale Play.  

  • By 2020, the Eagle Ford Shale Play will support almost 68,000 full-time jobs, account for almost $21.5 billion in total annual economic output, and add almost $1.2 billion to Texas’s revenues6