The United States is a World Energy Leader and a Net Energy Exporter

  • Because the U.S. produces and uses its own natural resources, we are less reliant on foreign countries for importing energy sources – which helped us to become more energy secure than ever before.
  • For the first time in nearly 70 years, the United States will start exporting more energy products than it imports next year.
  • In 2011, the U.S. became a net exporter of petroleum products.(EIA)
  • In 2017, the U.S. became a net exporter of natural gas. (EIA)
  • In 2018, the U.S. became the world’s largest natural gas and petroleum producer. (EIA)

Spotlight: The Appalachian Basin

  • If Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia were a country, it would be the world’s 3rd largest natural gas producer. (Shale Crescent USA)
  • The Marcellus and Utica Shales have the largest natural gas reserves in the United States. (EIA)
  • The Potential Productive Area of the Utica and Marcellus Shales in the Mid-Ohio Valley is nearly the size of Germany. (JobsOhio)
  • The Shale Crescent region of the U.S. accounts for 85% of total natural gas production growth between 2008-2018. (Shale Crescent USA)
  • 15,500+ horizontal Utica and Marcellus shale wells drilled throughout Ohio, Pa., & W.Va. (ODNR, DEP, W.Va. DEP)

Spotlight: Ohio

  • 275,000+ oil and natural gas wells drilled in Ohio. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
  • The Utica Shale is the primary driver of Ohio’s natural gas production growth, which was more than 30 times higher in 2019 than in 2012. (EIA)
  • Ohio has the 7th largest crude oil-refining capacity in the nation, and the state’s four refineries can process nearly 600,000 barrels of oil per calendar day. (EIA)
  • Ohio is ranked 13th in the nation for total electric power generation, providing approximately 7,701 thousand megawatt (EIA)
  • Ohio oil production broke a 124-year record in 2019, topping 27.8 million barrels, with production from the Utica shale reaching an all-time high. (EIA)
  • Natural gas production also saw an increase, with a record 2.8 tcf of production. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

Natural Gas and Oil is an Essential Industry that Greatly Improves Our Quality of Life

  • Nearly 7 out of every 10 Ohio homes are heated with natural gas. (EIA)
  • Natural gas is also used in homes to cook, dry clothes and heat water. (EIA)
  • 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. (EIA)
  • Natural gas can also be further processed into additional products such as helium, butane, propane, ethane and other useful gases. (EIA)
  • Petrochemical products include, but are not limited toSynthetic 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).