Survey: Fracking gains support as industry touts benefits

Support for hydraulic fracturing and opposition to increased regulation has started to rise as the natural gas industry continues to push the benefits of the process for the U.S. economy, according to a new survey from Bloomberg.

As recently as this past March, 65 percent of respondents wanted to increase regulations on hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking. With a recent push to expand the practice into regions like New York, that number dropped dramatically on the latest survey, falling to only 56 percent in September.

The change could be attributed to fading worries about notable incidents in places like Pennsylvania and Wyoming, but critics argue that the new support stems from a raft of pro-fracking ads.

"The oil and gas industry have been blanketing the airwaves with ads that tout gas as our savior," Kate Sinding, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, told Bloomberg. "They’re using Big-Tobacco style smoke and mirrors messaging to deflect genuine concerns about the health threats."

However, opposition remains in places like upstate New York, where many homeowners are concerned that the process could damage the environment and has already driven down property prices, before actually being legalized.

An outlook for natural gas production in New York can be found at PennEnergy's Research area.

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