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Poll Shows Many Pennsylvanians Support Marcellus Shale Drilling

February 3, 2014

A new poll indicates that most people in Pennsylvania support the boom in Marcellus shale natural gas drilling.

The latest Franklin and Marshall College poll finds that 64 percent of the survey’s respondents favor, strongly or somewhat, the expansion of the gas drilling industry.

Poll director Dr. G. Terry Madonna told Radio PA News the respondents are supportive, but with conditions.  Madonna says they want environmentally-sound efforts, they don’t want drilling in state and national parks and forests. and they want assurances there will be no environmental problems in or around drilling sites.

The poll found 37 percent feel that potential environmental risks could outweigh drilling’s economic benefits.

580 registered voters were polled in the F&M survey.

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