Who We Are
The Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA) is a trade association with more than 3,100 members involved in all aspects of the exploration, production and development of crude oil and natural gas resources within the State of Ohio.
The Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s mission is to protect, promote, foster and advance the common interest of those engaged in all aspects of the Ohio crude oil and natural gas producing industry.
OOGA represents the people and companies directly responsible for the production of crude oil, natural gas, and associated products in Ohio.
Expansion of the shale resource play into the Utica has resulted in an expansion of OOGA membership. The core OOGA membership is comprised of independent oil and natural gas producers, major national oil and natural gas producing companies, and major international oil and natural gas companies – companies focused on the exploration, discovery, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and associated liquids in the State of Ohio.
OOGA members also include contractors, oilfield service and supply companies, manufacturers, utilities, refineries, accountants, attorneys, consultants, bankers, geologists, geophysicists, petroleum engineers, insurance agents and representatives, trade schools and other members of the education community, royalty owners, landowners, and college students.
The Ohio Oil & Gas Association strives to serve the broad range of entities involved in the Ohio oil and natural gas industry by being an effective voice in government and the media as well as an information resource to the membership.
According to the 2011 Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program economic impact study the Ohio oil and natural gas industry through it’s leasing, royalties, exploration, drilling, production, and pipeline construction activities:
- Supports more than 4,490 direct jobs.
- Influences 12,950 jobs with an associated GDP of over $1 billion.
- Was responsible for $793 million in annual salaries and personal income during 2010.
- Kept $718 million in Ohio by buying locally produced natural gas and crude oil.
Additionally the Utica Shale play is living up to the study projections on the path to:
- Help create and support over 240,500 jobs
- Create $12 billion in annual salaries and income to Ohioans by 2015
- Lead to $14 billion in reinvestment on new exploration and development by 2015
- Generate $12.3 billion in gross state product in 2015.
For more information on this study, go to the OOGEEP website, www.oogeep.org.
A recent report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services notes:
- Core shale related employment was 10,749, up 56.4% 2011 Q2 to 2013 Q2
- Shale related employment was 182,575
Meeting Our Energy Needs
Independent producers continue to be an important part of our nation’s energy past, present, and future. Independents are the people who are developing America’s oil and gas resource base. Independent producers drill 90 percent of domestic oil and natural gas wells, produce 82 percent of America’s natural gas and 68 percent of America’s crude oil – more oil if the survey did not include Alaskan North Slope oil production.
With the recent increase in Utica Shale activity in Ohio, major oil and natural gas companies are looking at expanding or establishing their roots within our state. These companies have explored for oil and natural gas in various shale plays within our nation, offshore, and even internationally. These companies, along with Ohio’s independent producers, continue to look for ways to improve and expand Ohio’s proven crude oil and natural gas reserves.