People who support natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing in New York state took their message to the capitol building in Albany at an event earlier this month. Check out this video:
New York, which sits above part of the energy-rich Marcellus Shale, needs the jobs and the economic opportunity that could be provided by natural gas production. That’s reflected in a new Siena College poll that shows growing support in the state for natural gas and fracking – 42 percent of those surveyed favor it while 36 percent are opposed.
Worth noting in the crosstabs (Question #22): Hydraulic fracturing is supported in all regions of the state – including New York City – by both gender groups, all age groups, all self-identified ethnicities and religious affiliations and all income groups – except those earning more than $100,000 a year.
As an IHS Global Insight study released this week indicates, America’s shale natural gas and oil offer a potential bonanza in terms of jobs, economic growth and government revenue – benefits that a lot of New Yorkers believe are overdue where they live.