Fracking for Natural Gas: Public Opinion on State Policy Options
Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), 'Survey Report: Fracking', Nov. 2011
10 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2013
Date Written: November 1, 2011
This report presents the views of Pennsylvania citizens on a range of issues related to extraction of natural gas through “fracking” procedures. This report responds to a discovery of potentially massive deposits beneath the Marcellus Shale and a series of related issues concerning the economy, environmental protection, and public safety. The findings are drawn from an October 2011 telephone survey conducted by the Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. This survey secured responses from 525 residents of the state, drawn from all regions and comprising a statistically-representative profile of citizens. It examines general public attitudes on this issue as well as consideration of a series of policy options that have been introduced in state and local government circles.
Keywords: energy, environment, climate change, national surveys on energy and environment, CLOSUP, survey, Pennsylvania, fracking, hydraulic fracturing
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