Today, the Robert Morris University Polling Institute – in partnership with Trib Total Media – released its findings from a national survey on tightly-regulated shale development. The poll shows that a “plurality of Americans” support hydraulic fracturing as well as the benefits associated with shale development. These undeniable, positive impacts are not only cascading across Pennsylvania – which boasts some of the “most productive natural wells on earth” – but also the nation, as America’s energy security and global competitiveness sharply increasing.
Here are key excepts from RMU’s poll, which further indicate that America’s Heartland Supports Safe, Job-Creating Shale Development:
- Among those with an opinion, the majority, 56.4%, supports fracing;
- 73.9% see new drilling technologies which allow fracing helping the United States move to energy independence;
- 80.1% suggest fracing has the potential to help the United States economy; and
- 60.2% suggest the United States begin exporting new natural gas resources resulting from fracing.
And from the Pittsburgh Business Times:
- More than half of people in a new survey support hydraulic fracturing, even in the towns where they live. Fifty-six percent of people with an opinion about fracking support the process, according to a survey released Monday by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute. … Supporters noted that fracking can help the U.S. gain energy independence and boost the economy. … “It is interesting that a majority is in support of fracking,” said Tony Kerzmann, assistant professor of engineering at RMU. … “Just three years ago, when there was staunch opposition to fracking by many environmental groups, I think you would have been lucky to have a third of poll respondents in support of fracking.” Kerzmann said that now some environmental groups are working with oil and gas companies as the regions have “experienced minimal environmental problems.”