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Watch Live: Siena Pollster Breaks Down Fracking Survey

Posted By Jon Campbell On February 11, 2013 @ 1:51 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

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 [1]:

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 [2], and you can watch his interview below:

Watch live streaming video [3] from gannettnewyork [4] at livestream.com


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[1] From LoHud: http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013302070059

[2] view Siena’s poll here: http://www.siena.edu/uploadedfiles/home/parents_and_community/community_page/sri/sny_poll/SNY%20February%202013%20Poll%20Release%20--%20FINAL.pdf

[3] live streaming video: http://www.livestream.com/?utm_source=lsplayer&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=footerlinks

[4] gannettnewyork: http://www.livestream.com/gannettnewyork?utm_source=lsplayer&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=footerlinks