As we look for safe, reliable, domestic sources of energy -- we need look no further than the Buckeye State. That's right -- Ohio is sitting on top of a veritable "gold mine" known as the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations.
The graphic depicts potential areas for development in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. The areas in brown depict potential Utica Shale development; and the tan areas Marcellus Shale development (Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources).
These shale formations hold vast amounts of oil and natural gas reserves — this means more Ohio jobs, and safe and reliable energy for America.
Benefits of Ohio Shale
Access to the oil and natural gas in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations would boost Ohio’s economy and improve America’s energy security by providing access to a critical domestic energy source.
The Marcellus Shale formation — which is being developed in neighboring Pennsylvania is already producing results. In fact, recent data from PA Work Stats shows exploration and drilling of the Marcellus shale has created 93,000 new jobs since 2009, with nearly 72% of those workers being residents of the state.
There is no reason Ohio can’t achieve these same positive results from developing the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. These vital resources hold new jobs, new tax revenue, and new energy potential for Buckeye citizens. Click here to read more about the potential job and economic impact for Ohio.