Recent advances in technology have expanded the exploration and production of natural gas from shale formations, known as “shale gas.” New oil and gas development has brought an avalanche of activity to regions on the US that have not seen such a flurry of economic activity in many years and shale gas development is rapidly reshaping the socio-economic, environmental and political landscapes.
According to the Energy Information Administration, natural gas supplies about 22% of the nation’s total energy – a figure that is expected to remain consistent and possibly rise over the next 20 years with new shale gas finds. Independent estimates of shale gas resources nationwide broaden this supply window to 116 years. The map below illustrates the wide distribution of organic shale formations across the continental US. Of particular interest to the Midwest are the Marcellus and Utica formations where exploration and land leasing has exploded over the last few years.
[Source: DOE Report on Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States: A Primer, April 2009.]
- DOE Shale Gas Primer
- ShaleNET Talent Match
ShaleNet is the result of a grant funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Its mission is to design a comprehensive recruitment, training, placement, and retention program for high priority occupations in the natural gas drilling and production industry.
ISNetworld assists companies with their contractor and supplier prequalification process.
- ODNR Division of Mineral Resources Management – Shale Development
- ODNR Division of Geological Survey – Since 2004, the Division of Geological Survey has developed and maintained several Web-based mapping systems that provide important information about how geologic and human activities shape Ohio and impact its cultural and economic development. These mapping applications utilize the division’s numerous data sets on oil and gas wells, abandoned underground mines, mineral industries and more.
- Ohio Oil and Gas Field and Wells Interactive Maps
- Ohio Shale Coalition Economic Impact Study
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the Ohio Shale Coalition, announces that it has engaged Cleveland State University, The Ohio State University and Marietta College to conduct a research study focused on the economic impacts and opportunities associated with the development of oil and gas resources in the Utica/Point Pleasant and Marcellus shale formations in Ohio.
- Ohio Oil and Gas Association
The Ohio Oil and Gas Association is a statewide trade association with over 1,450 members who are actively involved in the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas within the State of Ohio.
- Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program
- American Natural Gas Alliance – ANGA
ANGA represents 30 of North America’s largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies and the leading developers of the shale plays now transforming the clean energy landscape.