Because of the shale energy revolution, Ohio has a leading part to play in America’s energy renaissance.

Ohio contains roughly 18 percent of the Marcellus Shale, the world’s second largest reserve of natural gas. In addition, Ohio sits atop part of the Utica Shale, a formation which contains about 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 5 billion barrels of oil.

Thanks in large part to development of the Marcellus and Utica Shale, Ohio is enjoying a manufacturing renaissance and an economic revival in towns across the state. Today, more than 278,150 jobs are supported by Ohio’s oil and natural gas industry. Ohio’s energy workers earn, on average about $28,848 more each year than their counterparts in other industries. The Buckeye State economy, likewise, benefits from in-state energy production, receiving a $28.4 billion boost to its economy each year from the oil and natural gas industry. With the right policies in place, Ohio—it’s energy economy and manufacturing economy—can grow even stronger.