Good for Montana

The oil and natural gas industry supports 43,100 Montana jobs, and contributes $2 billion to the state’s labor income. Nationally it supports more than 10.3 million jobs and contributes $1.3 trillion in added value to the economy.

The average salary for a non-gas station oil and gas industry job in Montana is $86,143, more than double the state’s average salary of $37,862.  

The state is a net supplier of energy to the rest of the country, producing energy from both fossil and renewable resources.  About one-fourth of the nation's estimated recoverable coal reserves are in Montana, and the northern and eastern areas of the state also are believed to contain large deposits of crude oil and natural gas.

Montana produces about 1 in every 100 barrels of U.S. oil.  Production is concentrated in the northeastern part of the state near the North Dakota border.  Montana oil production, however, has declined recently as drilling activity moved to North Dakota where the productive Bakken Shale formation is thicker.

Though Montana produces less than 0.5% of the nation's natural gas, the state is crossed by natural gas pipelines from Canada and Wyoming.  Most of the natural gas entering the state comes from Canada and continues to North Dakota on its way to Midwestern markets.   In 2014, three-tenths of net U.S. natural gas imports from Canada entered the country through Montana.
Montana has more underground natural gas storage capacity than any other state in the Rocky Mountain region, and its Baker/Cedar Creek field in the Williston Basin is the nation's largest single underground natural gas storage facility.

Fully and safely tapping our Montana resources would provide us with the opportunity to generate new jobs and new tax revenue for our state, as well as help lead the charge to America's energy security. 

Energy is good for Montana.