Ohio will rank No. 7 in unconventional natural gas drilling from 2010 to 2015 and jobs will grow by nearly 8 percent, according to a new study.
The top states for naturaql gas drilling are and will be Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Wyoming, Ohio, Utah, Oklahoma and Michigan, according to the IHS Global Insight study cited by the Ohio Energy Resource Alliance in its post.
The report says those Top 10 states will likely experience a compound annual job growth rate of nearly 8 percent.
Pennsylvania and Coloradeo leade the way with annual growth rates of 14 and 10 percent, respectively.
Total U.S. employment in that time is expected to grow by 1.6 percent.
Shale gas drilling including Ohio's Utica shale is expected to produce significant job creation, economic growth amd revenue for federal, state and local governments, the report said.
Hydraulic fracturing or fracking and horizontal wells are frequently referred to as unconventional drilling,
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.