PITTSBURGH (AP) - Many people in New York and Pennsylvania have voiced concerns about the safety of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking. But two recent surveys found that some areas in New York favor drilling, and that most people in a Pennsylvania county feel the benefits outweigh the risks.
Siena College says that a poll found 50% of respondents in suburban areas support drilling in upstate portions of New York, while 32% are opposed. In New York City 41% supported drilling, and 29% were opposed.
A University of Pittsburgh poll asked similar questions in a western Pennsylvania county with intensive drilling.
Forty-nine percent there strongly or somewhat supported fracking, and 22% had no opinion. Just 10% were strongly opposed, and 19% were somewhat opposed.
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