Q Poll: Opposition to hydrofracking grows in New York

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Opposition to natural-gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale is growing in New York as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration weighs whether to allow shale-gas drilling in the state, a new poll released Wednesday found.

The Quinnipiac University survey found 46 percent of New York voters oppose shale-gas drilling, compared to 39 percent in favor. It’s the first time the poll has found a clear margin opposed to the hydraulic fracturing process since it began surveying the issue in 2011.

Upstate is still split, however, with 44 percent in favor and 42 percent opposed, while 56 percent of New York City voters say they’re opposed. The gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation runs across upstate’s Southern Tier.

“New Yorkers might be getting impatient with the long delay over natural gas drilling,” Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement. “They’re turning negative on the basic idea and more of them see foot-dragging by Gov. Andrew Cuomo rather than a careful evaluation.”

Poll after poll over the past two years has shown a near-even split on fracking across the state. A Marist College poll late last month showed 40 percent opposed and 39 percent in favor. Siena College, which put together the most extensive fracking survey to date, found an even split when they looked at the issue in February.

Also in Wednesday’s poll: Voters continue to show overwhelming support for increasing the minimum wage, with 80 percent in favor of a wage hike.

Support for Las Vegas-style casinos in New York is also relatively high, with 52 percent in favor of allowing them in the state and 38 percent against. But when asked if they favor changing the state Constitution to allow for the change — a necessary step — the support and opposition are split at 46 percent, Quinnipiac found.

Here’s the full poll:

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  1. I would like to be included in the poll as opposed to fracking in New York State.

  2. The property owners are being held as pawns in this debate. First, hydrofracking is safe and being performed in 32 other states, EPA and DEC have even stated it can be performed safely. Next, property owners have a right to full use to the economic benefit, including mineral rights. They pay property taxes, right? Lastly, this is not a popularity contest, except perhaps the pols who only look after their re-election prospects. This on-going delay is nothing more than a TAKING OF PROPERTY RIGHTS! The landowners are ready to file suit against their takings of the property rights under Article 5th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution and the NY State Constitution. Remember, the revolution was based on tyranny of England in not allowing property rights. Is history repeating itself?

  3. The longer the process takes, the more bad news comes out about fracking and an increasing number of people become aware and concerned. Natural gas from shale is a problem not a solution, and that will remain true until or if ways can be found to get that gas without polluting the air, ground, and water and without venting and leaking a very potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

    And Ed, EPA has a study about fracking and water which will not finish for about another year and have made no such statement. DEC and DOH have a health impact study still in process and have not completed the SGEIS nor finalized the regulations. If they were sure fracking was safe, why have they not started issuing permits? You are entitled to your opinions, but not your own facts. And nice try on “taking,” but I think the courts will tell you it is not since the land can still be used as it has been in the past and since the gas is still there underneath.

  4. Hugh you’re delusional. Fracking is the route to US energy independance. Why do you think US oil production is up so much in the last few years? Its because of fracking, plain & simple and its not going to stop anytime soon. There are plenty of safeguards or if you prefer add more, but your only plan is to import more from the Middle East and that’s simply not acceptable.

  5. Why do you think US oil production is up so much in the last few years?-bill
    And we are so much more independent with our oil now right? Have you looked at the price on the pumps lately? Sir, we will NEVER be energy independent as long as we are beholding to gas/oil companies. Instead, use our vision of the future for renewable and sustainable energies. It is within our grasp, we just have to take it.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/03/16/1193741/-Thinking-big-on-clean-energy-What-is-possible-in-New-York-state#

  6. Governor Cuomo, thank you for continuing to wait for science.Upstate needs jobs, now is the time, Governor, for you to lead and support renewable and sustainable energy jobs. Infrastructure of bio fuels, such as algae based and switchgrass based which can be grown on farms. Give the farmers the opportunity to put solar panels on acres and acres of land.(http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/03/16/1193741/-Thinking-big-on-clean-energy-What-is-possible-in-New-York-state# ) Have the farmers the energy developers instead of multi- national corporations whose only goal is to make a profit at our expense. Gas companies and a few individuals will reap the “benefits” of fracking while NYS is plundered into an industrial waste zone by this industrial activity pillaging our air,water and land. The more people see the science, the more people come to realize that this activity is NOT in NY’s best interest. And the people who live in upstate NY , like myself, DON’T WANT FRACKING.

  7. Governor Cuomo, thank you for continuing to wait for science. Upstate needs jobs, now is the time, Governor, for you to lead and support renewable and sustainable energy jobs. Infrastructure of bio fuels, such as algae based and switch grass based which can be grown on farms. Give the farmers the opportunity to put solar panels on acres and acres of land.Have the farmers the energy developers instead of multinational corporations whose only goal is to make a profit at our expense. Gas companies and a few individuals will reap the “benefits” of fracking while NYS is plundered into an industrial waste zone by this industrial activity pillaging our air,water and land. The more people see the science, the more people come to realize that this activity is NOT in NY’s best interest. And the people who live in upstate NY , like myself, DON’T WANT FRACKING.

  8. Ed, the land owners who want to lease their mineral rights and receive a lump sum and royalty income from gas drilling on their property may be outraged by the delay to their financial windfall…but we their neighbors, who are also land owners living in the Southern Tier, and want no part of the pillage and pollution… are grateful for every delay. If you get your way, then we lose our rights to keep our health, our land intact,and our well water clean. The Horizontal part of the drilling process means the wells drilled on your property will still end up under my property. What about MY RIGHT to NOT have drilling under MY property?

  9. Fossil fuels, including fracked natural gas, provide an unsustainable future due to boom/bust economic cycles, climate change contributions, and a non-renewable energy supply.

    Add to that the risks to public health and water supplies, the growing list of incidents and violations by the industry, the change seen in rural communities that is welcome only by those who are earning money while the rest watch their home completely transformed, neighbor being pitted against neighbor…

    Gee, what is not to like about fracking?

  10. carol tansey on

    The air and water are the issues. We share air and we share water. We must protect our air and water, which are in constant motion. The air over “your” property is in an instant over “your” neighbors’ properties, as is the water.

    ALL OF NATURE shares it. Native Americans knew this and didn’t “own” land…and when they used, they left it such that it would serve their seventh generation forward.

    It’s that simple.

  11. North of the Hutch on

    That’s right Carol, we need to protect the environment but that shouldn’t preclude fracking altogether.

    We need cheap & abundant energy to drive our economy & we’d be better off using our own domestically produced natural gas rather than importing more oil from the Middle East.

  12. North of the Hutch on

    Ah Carol, you finally show your hand as 1 of “those” who’s against just about everything under the sun.

    If fracking’s already safely going on in most of the country, why not in NY? Your fear mongering doesn’t change the fact that we need fossile fuels to run our ecomony and it can be done here domestically. You seem to prefer to buy Iranian oil to fracking and I don’t see that point at all.

  13. carol tansey on

    You’ve set up a false dichotomy. It’s not fracking v. Iranian oil but, more like ‘to be’ v. ‘not to be’. Squandering our water and polluting our air threatens the balance of nature and will lead to runaway climate change. What’s so desirable about that.

  14. North of the Hutch on

    Why do you assume that our water & air will be ruined forever? That’s a big leap & it hasn’t happened yet and fracking’s going on all over the country.

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