Watch Live: Siena Pollster Breaks Down Fracking Survey


As part of our yearlong series on “Rebuilding New York’s Economy,” Gannett’s Albany Bureau took a look at hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and whether it could be a boon to the struggling upstate economy.

From LoHud:

The problem is the years-long economic decline of New York’s Southern Tier, an area once known for its strength in manufacturing and agriculture.

The solution, some contend, is developing the Marcellus Shale, a gas-rich, underground rock formation that touches parts of 29 counties in New York. Others disagree, citing the potential for environmental harm and low natural gas prices that have forced drillers to pull back in parts of Pennsylvania.

Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has resisted showing his hand on his administration’s review of large-scale hydrofracking and whether it should be allowed in New York. A fast-approaching regulatory deadline, however, may force him to finally decide: Can fracking be a boon to the upstate economy, and is it worth the risk to the environment?

At 2 p.m., we’ll discuss the issue with Steve Greenberg, a Siena College pollster. Siena last week released the most extensive poll on the issue to date, finding that New York voters are evenly split on the issue. Even in the Southern Tier, there’s no clear consensus on whether New York should permit large-scale fracking, which has been on hold since 2008.

Greenberg will be live from our Albany Bureau studio. You can view Siena’s poll here, and you can watch his interview below:

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  1. Unfortunately, the Siena poll create a false dichotomy between economics and environment. The polls falsely frame the issue as jobs versus environmental risks, whereas there are in fact significant negative economic impacts. Additionally, many people are most concerned about the negative health impacts. In this way, the Siena poll is misleading and I believe that if the question of yes or no for fracking was asked objectively, the numbers against fracking would be much higher.

  2. People who have actually studied the issue and understand the risks are not divided. The overwhelming majority are opposed to HVHF.

  3. I wonder how many commercials are shown in the S. Tier that dill words into people’s minds like “safe”, “clean”..The gas industry uses similar messaging strategies + PR firm (Hill & Knowlton) as the tobacco companies did. I think people are being pounded with misinformation, and given that, the sizeable opposition to fracking is noteable.

    I also agree with the comment above regarding implications that HVHF will be, on the economic side, purely good. This ignores the negative economic effects. ( Mortgages, insurance, boom bust gold rush cycle, lasting destruction that impedes using the land for tourism & agriculture, and, most importantly – * Health care costs * – The List of the Harmed. Real people, who have learned the hard way that no amount of money is worth ruined health.

  4. Broome County, where I live, has a proud industrial past and the leftover pollution to prove it. Instead of looking to ship, inject, emit and discharge more toxins into our county, the DEC should concentrate on cleaning up the numerous spills and leaks that have happened here over decades of industrial use.

    Broome County’s contribution to NY’s energy future should be in renewables, centering around Binghamton University’s existing Solar Lab and developing SmartEnergy Center. Rather than drilling into our farms, let’s grow biomass/biofuel crops, capture fuel from waste, and lease for solar or wind as appropriate for the site.

    This decision should not be based on who wants to frack or doesn’t want to frack; it should be based on science. 97% of climate scientists agree that extracting and burning fossil fuels has already damaged our climate and will continue to do so. Methane is a fossil fuel and itself a potent greenhouse gas. The planet cannot afford for us to use extreme extraction techniques such as HVHF, so we should not permit it and go all in on efficiency and renewables.

  5. Why is it only drilling will “create jobs?” A tech economy, green energies, health care, tourism, wineries, dairy, farming etc etc create jobs.

    Water on fire? How about methane migration, decreased land values, mortgage complications, insurance complications, air pollution, removing water from the ecosystem, industrializing our state….on and on

    800 voter sample is pathetic for a poll of 19million residents.

    We get more activists than that at an anti-fracking rally.

    Keep NY green and growing. Siena should go sample some other topic.