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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A new poll shows that a significant majority of people in Pennsylvania support the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, but many also have concerns about environmental impacts.

The Franklin & Marshall College poll released Thursday found that 64 percent of respondents somewhat or strongly favor the gas drilling industry, compared to 27 percent who somewhat or strongly oppose it.

Poll director G. Terry Madonna says the overall trend hasn't changed much since the same questions were asked in August 2011. But he also noted that 37 percent of the people feel that potential environmental risks could outweigh the economic benefits of drilling, and 68 percent somewhat or strongly oppose drilling in state-owned forests.

The poll was conducted from Jan. 22 to 27 and involved 580 registered voters.

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