Known as the Natural State, Arkansas offers acres of scenic landscape that ranges from The Ozarks to the peaks of the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. Arkansas is also home to a booming natural gas industry, which accounts for 4.5 percent of America’s natural gas. Arkansas is the country’s 8th largest natural gas producer, in large part due to the hydraulic fracturing along the Fayetteville Shale Play.
In addition to supplying the country with affordable energy, natural gas plays a strong role in the Arkansas economy. The oil and gas industry provides 5.9 percent of Arkansas state jobs – for a jobs total of 92,500. Oil and gas contribute to the state’s labor income at $4.22 billion each year, and play an important role in strengthening communities: From 2012-2013, the industry helped public schools save a whopping $9.9 million through lower energy costs. That helped save 144 teacher jobs. That same year, the oil and gas industry saved Arkansas’ state and local governments $4.9 million.