The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Energizing Minnesota

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 17, 2016

Minnesota produces no oil or natural gas itself, yet important energy infrastructure – a couple of crude oil refineries and a number of pipeline systems -- make it integral to U.S. energy.

MinnClick on the thumbnail to open a two-page energy infographic for the North Star State.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Pine Bend Refinery (339,000 barrels per day) is the largest refinery located in a non-oil producing state. Much of the crude processed by both refineries comes from Canada, America’s largest source of imported oil (1.15 billion barrels in 2015), and critically important to U.S. energy security. The state is crossed by both oil and natural gas pipelines.

In terms of energy used, Minnesotans consumed more natural gas than any other fuel in 2014 (nearly 25 percent of total consumption). Coal, nuclear and natural gas combined for 78.7 percent of the state’s net electricity generation, with renewables supplying another 20 percent.

All states, whether they’re energy producers or energy recipients, benefit from a U.S. energy renaissance that has made our country the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas – which lead our energy portfolio now and are projected by EIA to be the leaders out to 2040. Sound, pro-development policies are needed to support America’s status as an energy superpower. A chart on Page 2 of the infographic shows the benefits of a pro-development path, contrasted with the potential negative impacts of policies characterized by regulatory constraints.

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 Minnesota 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.