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Most Pa. residents support natural gas drilling

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- A new poll shows that a majority of people in Pennsylvania support the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, but many are also concerned about the 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 said the overall trend in the results really hasn't changed since April 2011.

Madonna 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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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times