As a top energy producer, North Dakota’s natural gas and oil industry plays an important role in providing good paying jobs for North Dakotans, attracting energy and manufacturing investments, and contributing to the nation’s overall energy security.
Benefits: 4 in 10 North Dakota households rely on natural gas for home heating. North Dakota household natural gas costs have decreased approximately 18% over the past decade. About half of all deliveries of natural gas are to the North Dakota’s economically important manufacturing sector. Natural gas use by the electric power sector has more than doubled since 2017, due to the increase in natural gas-fired electricity generation. North Dakota’s core natural gas and oil producing counties employ on average more than 45,000 individuals.
North Dakota is a leading energy producer in the United States. The Federal Government owns about 4% of North Dakota’s land, including areas with significant energy production. A federal leasing ban would be detrimental to the state and local economy:
In 2025 North Dakota would lose $924 million in GDP, $249 million in tax revenues, and more than 5,000 jobs.
In 2030 North Dakota would lose $1.3 billion in GDP, $358 million in tax revenues, and more than 7,000 jobs.
In 2040 North Dakota would lose $1.8 billion in GDP, $489 million in tax revenues, and nearly 10,000 jobs.