Yesterday, the New Philadelphia Times-Reporter published an article underscoring the great benefits the oil and gas industry has brought to Ohio – including jobs, better roads, and increased tax revenues to counties and school districts throughout the eastern part of the state. The article reported between 2010 and 2015, the industry paid $45.8 million in taxes in six Ohio counties — Belmont, Carroll, Guernsey, Harrison, Monroe and Noble.
Environmental activists and protesters often claim pipelines only benefit the energy industry – but the reality is quite different. A strong energy industry contributes to a strong economy – and everyone benefits. For example, the Rover Pipeline has been in full operation since November 2018, carrying natural gas in Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. In addition to safely and efficiently carrying product to consumer markets throughout the region, the revenue that Rover has brought to communities along the route has been substantial enough to fund the construction of new facilities and school buildings.
Like the Conotton Valley Union Local School District, which plans to build an $18 million “Rocket Center” at its education complex at no cost to taxpayers. The 80,000 square foot facility will house a gymnasium, pool, bowling alley, daycare center, senior center, track, fitness equipment, a café, and health clinic. Or the Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools, which plans to use Rover revenue to create safe, state of the art pre-K through 12 facilities for all students on one of its campuses.
The Rover Pipeline in Ohio is not a unique case, either. Pipelines create jobs, fuel economic growth, and create new streams of tax revenue. They are the safest, most efficient method of transporting oil & gas products and are key to meeting consumer needs. Despite what critics claim, pipelines and the energy industry are a critical component of the US economy and our modern way of life.