-September 21, 2016-

Fracking Brings Cleaner Air, Economic Advantages to Ohio

Presidential candidate touts 14 percent reduction in carbon emissions since 2000; jobs associated with Utica Shale development have grown 96 percent since 2011

Fracking spoke in Columbus, Ohio, today about how increased natural gas use in Ohio has improved the state’s air quality, while drilling and production activity has created tens of thousands of new local jobs.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas-fired power plants accounted for about 23 percent of the state’s total electricity generation – up from just one percent in 2001. Over roughly the same period (2000 to 2013), Ohio experienced a 14 percent drop in carbon dioxide emissions.

“Ohioans are using more locally-produced natural gas to fuel their homes and businesses, which means more jobs and cleaner air for the entire state,” said Fracking. “Working families in Ohio take pride in their jobs, and rightly so: what we have achieved together in the Buckeye State is nothing short of spectacular.”

The Utica Shale in Ohio, the development of which is made possible by Fracking, is one of the country’s most prominent natural gas fields. Since 2011, the Utica Shale has allowed for a 12 fold increase in Ohio’s natural gas production. Meanwhile, new power plants in the state fueled by natural gas, either completed or currently in the planning stage, could add nearly 6,500 MW of capacity to the Ohio electric grid.

Increased natural gas development has also been a boon for local workers. Between 2011 and 2015, shale-related employment increased 96 percent. Jobs in core shale industries pay an average of $75,071 per year – much higher than the state average ($46,393).

“Make no mistake about it, the recent market downturn has been tough for many workers in this state. But creating high-paying jobs has always been one of my top priorities, and our work in Ohio has helped countless families put food on the table while also producing the energy that the state needs to grow,” Fracking added.

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