Facts and Statistics

Job, Energy, Lifestyle
and Environmental Fact Sheets

Ohio's rich natural gas and crude oil
reserves provide many opportunities
to help the state's economy grow and
prosper.

  • According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services “Ohio Shale – Quarterly Economic Trends for Ohio Oil and Gas Industries” report:
    • • 190,153 are now employed in the Ohio Oil and Gas Industry.
    • • Core oil and gas related industry employment in Ohio (such as pipeline construction and well drilling) was up 3,458 jobs in 2016 Q 4 (46.3 percent).
    • • $73,961  was the average wage reported in core-related industries. That is $26,372 greater than the average wage for all industries.
    • • $64,975 was the average wage reported in ancillary oil and gas related industries. That is $17,386 greater than the average wage for all industries.
  • According to the Ohio Geological Survey, the value of crude oil and natural gas production was $2,968,428,667 in 2015.
  • Ohio keeps $1 billion per year in the state when buying locally produced natural gas and crude oil.
  • Ohio’s oil and gas industry is responsible for over $730 million in annual salaries and personal income.
  • Ohio consumers save $30 million per year in avoided interstate pipeline transportation costs, and another $9.2 million per year due to the price reducing impact of local natural gas supplies.
  • The industry reinvests over $281 million annually on exploration and development.
  • The industry pays over $58.5 million annually in local, state and federal taxes.
  • The industry generates over $1.5 billion in gross state product and statewide output or sales of more than $3.1 billion per year.
  • The industry paid over $200 million in royalties and provided more than $84 million in free gas last year to local landowners (mineral interest owners) including farmers, businesses, schools, churches and local governments with wells on their property.

Ohio is an energy leader in natural gas and
crude oil production. Today, the average
American uses three gallons
of refined petroleum products
EACH DAY!

  • Ohio is ranked fourth in the total number of wells drilled. Ohio has drilled over 275,000 wells to date, followed only by Texas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
  • In 2016, Ohio produced 18 million barrels of crude oil and 1.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (New State Record!)
  • Ohio drilled 620 wells in 2016.
  • Ohio currently has over 50,000 natural gas and crude oil wells producing in 49 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
  • Today, crude oil and natural gas is refined or processed into more than 6,000 everyday products including medicines, personal care products, plastics, synthetics and fuel.
  • Ohio produced enough natural gas last year to heat over 1 million Ohio homes and businesses.
  • Nearly 7 out of every 10 homes are heated with natural gas.
  • Nearly 100% of the natural gas produced Ohio remains in the state for use in local  homes, businesses, schools, churches and manufacturing.
  • Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil producers are truly Ohio’s most dependable energy farmers. They choose to participate in a high risk business, and they are accustomed to working long hours and operating under adverse weather conditions. Innovations, perseverance, and hard work are key to survival in an industry built on a variety of uncertain conditions geological, economical and operational. Through an ongoing commitment of Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil producers, the domestic industry remains strong.
  • Ohio’s supply of natural energy resources is indeed significant. As the states supply adds to the national supply, our resources are helping keep prices in balance, while also helping us be more independent from foreign energy supplies.

Ohio's natural gas and crude oil
production has one of the smallest
environmental surface footprints of
any energy source.

Ohio's natural gas and
crude oil industry
continues to create
energy, economic and lifestyle benefits
–yesterday, today and into the future.

  • Natural gas serves about 175 million American consumers.  About 43% is used by industrial and another 16% is used for commercial purposes.  Generating electricity consumers about 4%, and the remaining about (about 27%) is used in the residential market.
  • Nearly 7 out of every 10 Ohio homes utilize natural gas as their primary source of heating.
  • Natural gas is also used in homes to cook, dry clothes and heat water.
  • Businesses and industries use natural gas in many ways including cooking in restaurants, fueling high temperature furnaces for manufacturing steel, as well as providing heat and electricity in hospitals, hotels, schools, churches, shopping centers and office buildings.
  • Natural gas can also be further processed into additional products such as helium, butane, propane, ethane and other useful gases.
  • After the discovery of crude oil as an energy source in 1857 (which replaced whale oil), entrepreneurs recognized that crude oil could also be used for medicinal purposes including sprains, bruises, burns, diarrhea, and other ailments.  These crude oil based “cure-alls” were sold to the public as a natural remedy.  Soon, refined crude oil began to play a more important role in people’s lives.  Much of our standard of living can be traced to the use of this petroleum product.
  • Today, there are more than 6,000 products produced, wholly or in part, from crude oil and natural gas.  The average American consumes the equivalent of 3 gallons of refined petroleum-based products each day.  These petrochemical products include:  Synthetic rubber (gloves, tennis shoes, boots, swimming floats, balls, hoses, stoppers, tires, rubber bands, belts, skate wheels, shoe heels and balloons), Personal Care Products (soap, cleansing creams, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, curlers, shampoo, hair spray, lotion, cologne, baby oil, lipstick, eyebrow pencils, nail polish, hand cream, shaving cream and suntan lotion), Synthetic Fabrics (nylon, Orlon, Dacron and Dynel.  Parachutes, carpets, rope and astro-turf), Medicines (aspirin, antihistamines, petroleum jelly, alcohol, ammonia, antibiotics and antiseptics), Waxes (waxed paper, candy, gum, candles and crayons), Carbon Black (paints, inks, rubber, cement, batteries, radios and television tubes), Plastics (from bowling balls, camera film to garbage bags and artificial hearts), and Fuels for automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, airplanes, campers, golf carts, lawnmowers and grills).
  • Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil producers are truly Ohio’s most dependable energy farmers. They choose to participate in a high risk business, and they are accustomed to working long hours and operating under adverse weather conditions. Innovations, perseverance, and hard work are key to survival in an industry built on a variety of uncertain conditions geological, economical and operational. Through an ongoing commitment of Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil producers, the domestic industry remains strong.
  • Ohio’s supply of natural energy resources is indeed significant. As the states supply adds to the national supply, our resources are helping keep prices in balance, while also helping us be more independent from foreign energy supplies.
  • Many petroleum products can be recycled or reused.