U.S. polls finds 65% support more regulation of fracking
(Bloomberg; March 14) -The U.S. public favors greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing.
More than three times as many Americans say there should be more regulation of fracturing than less, according to a Bloomberg News National Poll conducted March 8-11. The findings coincide with recent surveys in Ohio and New York where people who believe fracking will cause environmental damage outnumber those who say the process is safe.
"That actually doesn't surprise me," Mark Boling, executive vice president for Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co., said of the poll results. "We have been so focused as an industry on figuring out how to crack the code and get these huge volumes of gas trapped in shale formations. We haven't focused on the things we have to do differently above ground."
When asked by Bloomberg if there needs to be more or less regulation of fracking, 65 percent said more, 18 percent said less and 17 percent said they weren't sure. The poll of 1,002 adults 18 and older was conducted by Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.