Pennsylvania lies at the heart of the Marcellus Shale, one of the world's largest natural gas reserves. Increased demand for energy in recent years has brought the oil and gas industry to the forefront of Pennsylvania's economic development, bringing in $4.5 billion each year. Additionally thousands of Pennsylvanians are indirectly benefiting from the industry in their every- day life.
The Marcellus Shale covers more than 95,000 miles through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. In Pennsylvania, most of the state is underlain by the formation with drilling activity taking place in more than 25 counties. In addition to the Marcellus, lying a few thousand feet below it, is the Utica Shale—another huge natural gas resource for PA.
Pennsylvanians have been benefiting from the oil and gas industry for more than 150 years. Thanks to recent development and technological advances, PA is helping move our country to energy independence.