North Dakota Energy Facts

 

  • The oil and natural gas industry supports more than 64,000 jobs in North Dakota contributing more than $6.5 billion to the state's economy.
  • North Dakota has the nation's third lowest employment rates at 2.6% (June, 2018).
  • The average salary in North Dakota's oil and natural gas industry is $101,357, almost double the statewide all-industry average of $52,079.
  • In 2016, North Dakota was the second largest crude oil-producing state in the nation and accounted for over 12% of total U.S. crude oil production.
  • In 2016, North Dakota had 6% of the nation’s recoverable coal reserves at producing mines and accounted for 4% of U.S. coal production that same year. 
  • North Dakota’s total energy production is six times greater than its energy consumption.
  • In 2017, two-thirds of North Dakota's net electricity generation came from coal.  More than a forth came from wind energy, and about 5% came from conventional hydroelectric power sources.
  • Natural gas was discovered in the state as early as 1892.  The first oil discovery in the sate did ot occur until 1951.  
  • North Dakota is crossed by more than a dozen crude oil and petroleum product pipelines. The state is a U.S. entrance point for pipelines carrying Canadian crude oil. Some Canadian crude oil is transported via pipeline east to Midwest refining markets and south to Cushing, Oklahoma, and to Port Arthur, Texas. Producers in North Dakota ship about half of their crude oil by rail because oil production in the region has outpaced pipeline capacity.
  • Nationally, America’s oil and natural gas industry supports 10.3 million jobs throughout the economy and 7.6 percent, or $1.3 trillion, of GDP (2015).