Obama destroys 204,500 jobs in Ohio over fracking myth

Russ Steele

The Washington Examiner has the story  with my emphasis:

President Obama’s United States Department of Agriculture has delayed shale gas drilling in Ohio for up to six months by cancelling a mineral lease auction for Wayne National Forest (WNF). The move was taken in deference to environmentalists, on the pretext of studying the effects of hydraulic fracturing.


Speaking of the WNF gas drilling, one environmentalist group spokesman suggested that moving forward with drilling “could turn the Ohio Valley into Ozone Alley,”  even though Wayne National Forest already has nearly 1300 oil and gas wells in operation.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) recently estimated that drilling in the Utica shale, which is affected by the suspension of the mineral lease auctions, would produce up 204,500 jobs by 2015.

There are already 1300 vertical oil wells that most likely have been fractured as part of the process that put them into production. So, fracking is not a real issue, the real issue is the environmentalist who want to stop the development of low-cost natural gas, which makes renewable energy an uneconomical farce. Combine these lost  jobs and those lost from the Keystone XL Pile line in just two weeks Obama has killed over 600,000 jobs, all to make the environmental wackos happy.  Obama is not focused on job creation, he is focused on pleasing his wacko base.  Go figure!


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to Obama destroys 204,500 jobs in Ohio over fracking myth

  1. Bob W says:

    Russ, Just curious. Do these job figures include any estimate of jobs that might result from the reduced cost of energy when these resources became available. I am referring to any jobs in manufacturing or service industries that we may have lost or not established completely or in part by increased energy costs. If these figures only reflect the jobs identified with the two industries mentioned then the actual jobs lost would be in the millions, wouldn’t they?

    Imagine the economy and prosperity. Imagine what kind of health care we might all be able to afford ON OUR OWN!

  2. Russ says:


    I am not sure how they calculated the numbers.

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