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Mineral extraction produced $2.7 billion in Ohio in 2012

By Bob Downing Published: November 19, 2013

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources today:

COLUMBUS, OH – Reports released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) show the development of Ohio’s mineral resources in 2012 produced more than $2.7 billion worth of geologic commodities, including increases in the extracted amount of oil, natural gas, limestone, sand and gravel.

The 2012 Report on Ohio Mineral Industries: An Annual Summary of the State’s Economic Geology and the 2012 Ohio Oil and Gas Summary contain information regarding the production, value and employment totals of Ohio’s various mineral industries. Some highlights include:

  • Mineral industries produced $239 worth of resources for every Ohioan.
  • Natural gas production increased 18.4 percent.
  • Ohio produced $1.1 billion worth of coal in 2012 - the fifth year in a row Ohio’s production value topped $1 billion.
  • Industrial mineral extraction employed more than 11,000 Ohioans.
  • Ohio had the second highest increase in limestone production in the United States.

ODNR, through a dedicated staff of inspectors, geologists and support staff, regulate the responsible extraction of Ohio’s natural resources, including oil, natural gas, limestone, sand gravel, salt and more. Part of ODNR’s regulatory responsibility is to annually catalog Ohio’s mineral industries.

Published yearly, both reports are useful tools for researching mineral extraction activities throughout the state. The Report on Ohio Mineral Industries offers basic information about individual mines, groups of mines and also features detailed geologic information about coal and industrial minerals, along with extensive references. The Ohio Oil and Gas Summary, details oil and gas activity statewide, including information regarding the Utica/Pt. Pleasant shale play.

The electronic versions of both reports are available by clicking on the following links:

Report on Ohio Mineral Industries

Ohio Oil and Gas Summary

The Report on Ohio Mineral Industries is also available on CD and can be ordered from the ODNR Division of Geological Survey’s Geologic Records Center by calling 614-265-6576 or emailing

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

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