Fracking surveys find support in unexpected places

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 10, 2012 7:03 AM
Marcellus Shale

(Pittsburgh) -- Many people in Pennsylvania and New York state have voiced concerns about the safety of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking. 

Two recent surveys found that some areas in New York favor drilling, and that most people in a Pennsylvania county feel the benefits outweigh the risks. 

A University of Pittsburgh poll in Washington County found 49 percent there strongly or somewhat supported fracking, and 22 percent had no opinion. 

Just 10 percent were strongly opposed, and 19 percent were somewhat opposed. 

A poll by Siena College near Albany, New York, found 50 percent of respondents in suburban areas support drilling in upstate portions of New York, while 32 percent are opposed. 

In New York City 41 percent supported drilling, and 29 percent were opposed. 

There's a closer look at the process of fracking at StateImpact Pennsylvania.

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