Poll: New Yorkers evenly split on gas-drilling rules

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new Siena College poll says voters are
about evenly split in their opinions of a new state report outlining regulations that would allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York state.

The "hydrofracking" process uses chemical-laced water at high pressure to fracture shale deep underground so trapped gas can flow into a well. Opponents say it threatens water supplies.

The poll released Thursday finds 45 percent of voters supported recommendations by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to allow permits for drilling operations under specific conditions, while 43 percent opposed the report.

By a margin of 54 percent to 33 percent, voters statewide said they are more inclined to trust hydrofracking opponents rather than the industry and other supporters.

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