Extractive industries employ more than 11,000 Ohioans
COLUMBUS — A newly released report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) shows development of Ohio’s mineral resources in 2015 produced more than $1.8 billion worth of geologic commodities, including increases in the mined amount of limestone, salt, sandstone, sand and gravel.
More than 11,000 people are directly employed in the extractive industries in Ohio, which includes oil and gas, coal and industrial minerals. The 2015 Report on Ohio Mineral Industries: An Annual Summary of the State’s Economic Geology, compiled by the ODNR Division of Geological Survey, also shares which counties in Ohio led the state in production, value and employment totals for Ohio’s various mineral industries. An example of leading the state in production of limestone and dolomite is Wyandot County in northwest Ohio with 7,519,990 tons, which is more than 11 percent of the state’s total production.
More highlights in the report include:
- Mineral industries produced $163 worth of resources per Ohioan.
- Approximately $750 million worth of coal was produced in 2015.
- Non-fuel industrial-mineral production increased for every commodity, and total value exceeded $1 billion for the second straight year.
- Limestone production exceeded 65 million tons in 2015—an increase of more than 10 percent from 2014 production values.
ODNR, through a dedicated staff of inspectors, geologists and support staff, regulate the responsible extraction of Ohio’s natural resources, including oil and natural gas, limestone, coal, salt and more. Part of ODNR’s regulatory responsibility is to annually catalog Ohio’s extractive industries.
Published each year, the Report on Ohio Mineral Industries offers basic information about individual mines and groups of mines, as well as detailed geologic information about coal and industrial minerals, along with extensive references. The report is a useful tool for researching mineral extraction activities throughout the state.
The electronic version of the report is available at OhioGeology.com.
The Report on Ohio Mineral Industries is also available on CD and can be ordered from the ODNR Division of Geological Survey’s Geologic Records Center by calling 614-265-6576 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.