Does Oregon Have Oil?
Oregon does not have any crude oil reserves or production, and its only crude oil refinery was closed in 2008. The Puget Sound oil refineries in Washington State provide about 90% of the refined petroleum products (motor gasoline, diesel, jet fuel) used in Oregon.
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Is There Natural Gas in Oregon?
Oregon has the only natural gas field in the Pacific Northwest -- the Mist Underground Natural Gas Storage Facility in Northwestern Oregon, which was discovered in 1979. The facility consists of underground natural gas storage reservoirs, compressor stations, gathering pipelines, operations, and maintenance facilities, and a gas transmission pipeline. The permitted storage area is about 5,500 acres and has a permitted daily natural gas throughput of 635 million standard cubic feet. Mist Field no longer has any significant natural gas reserves or production, and it is used primarily for natural gas storage.
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Is There Fracking in Oregon?
Oregon currently has no active hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") wells. However, natural gas has been extracted via fracking from the Coos Bay basin in Southern Oregon in the past. It has been reported that the Coos Bay Basin region still has potential for future gas production.
Oregon Energy Profile Facts
- In 2022, hydroelectric power accounted for more than half of Oregon's total electricity net generation, and all renewable sources combined produced 70% of the state's total electricity net generation.
- In 2022, wind energy produced 14% of Oregon's total electricity net generation and the state had nearly 4,000 megawatts of wind-powered generating capacity.
- Oregon is a member of the West Coast Electric Highway along with California, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada. As of February 2023, there were nearly 1,000 public electric vehicle charging stations with a total of over 2,300 charging ports in Oregon.
- Oregon receives nearly all of its refined petroleum products from the Puget Sound refineries in Washington. Those products arrive via the Olympic Pipeline and by barge at Portland-area terminals.
Fatal Work Injuries in Oregon
Fatal work injuries totaled 66 in 2021 for Oregon, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Transportation incidents resulted in 30 fatal work deaths, while contact with objects and equipment accounted for another 14 fatalities. These 2 major categories accounted for 67% of all fatal workplace injuries in Oregon.
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