The Keystone state has a history rich in energy production. Today, Pennsylvania is thriving due to hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – along the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays. In fact, Pennsylvania is the 3rd largest producer of natural gas in the United States with a natural gross production that exceeded 2 trillion cubic feet in 2012.
Not surprisingly, the oil and gas industry contributes to the Pennsylvania economy in a major way. Labor income generated by oil and natural gas accounted for 5.1 percent of the state’s 2011 total. What’s more, the industry supports more than 300,000 jobs (and growing) and has contributed more than $34 billion to the state’s economy. Between 2012 and 2013, it’s estimated that Pennsylvania’s energy production saved state and local governments $19 billion and its public schools more than $45 billion.