Poll: Pennsylvanians favor drilling, not in parks

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 6, 2014 5:17 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A new poll shows that Pennsylvanians support natural gas exploration by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, but they're opposed when it occurs under state parks and forests.

The Quinnipiac University poll put support for Marcellus Shale drilling at 58 percent, with 33 percent opposed. Democrats are against drilling by a margin of 48 percent to 41 percent.

Almost 40 percent of the registered voters surveyed say they're less likely to vote for Republican Governor Tom Corbett this year because of his intention to allow the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep below Pennsylvania's state forests and parks, while still barring drilling from disturbing the forests and parks above ground.

The industry has brought jobs and economic activity, but it's also raised concerns about the environmental impact.

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