USA Map showing Shale Oil producing States


Neither the past nor the future can tell the complete story of the oil, natural gas, utility and coal sectors impact the local economy. Right here, right now, are seven Fortune 500 companies which employ large groups of relatively well-paid workers in the seven-county Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Names like Williams Cos. ONEOK Inc., ConocoPhillips, Baker Hughes, Apache Corp., AEP and HollyFrontier Corp. — some headquartered in Tulsa, some not — lead a Tulsa-area energy industry that employs more local people than any other sector other than health care.

Tulsa’s energy companies create nearly $29 billion in total economic output annually, nearly triple what the health care and aerospace sectors singularly offer in Tulsa.


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