The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Energizing Delaware

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 16, 2016

The fact that Delaware has no oil or natural gas production doesn’t diminish the important part the state plays in America’s overall energy sector.

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Delaware is home to the Delaware City coking refinery, one of two coking refineries on the East Coast. These supply petroleum coke for the electric power and industrial sectors and makes up about a fifth of the nation’s finished petroleum product exports, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

In addition to that energy infrastructure, the state’s Delaware River ports and rail network make it critically important to the shipment of crude oil for refining in the state and neighboring states.

In terms of Delaware’s energy use, 85 percent of its electricity is generated from natural gas. More than 60 percent of the petroleum used in the state is consumed by the transportation sector, largely as gasoline.

The U.S. leads the world in oil and natural gas production, thanks to an energy renaissance driven by safe and responsible hydraulic fracturing. To sustain and grow domestic production, we need forward-leaning energy policies that will help strengthen our energy security, add jobs, fuel economic growth and benefit U.S. households. Conversely, an energy policy bounded by unnecessary, potentially duplicative regulatory constraints will have negative impacts on jobs, the economy and consumers.

Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in Delaware and all the 50 states of energy.


Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.