Poll Shows Majority of PA Voters Support Fracking

The Associated Press reports that a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in June shows that 58 percent of Pennsylvania voters support the development of natural gas resources in the Marcellus Shale. However, a majority of voters (57 percent) oppose drilling on the state’s parks and forests and 39 percent are less likely to vote for Governor Tom Corbett because of his executive order to life the state moratorium on drilling in those areas.

In June, according to StateImpact Pennsylvania, “the state Commonwealth Court wrapped up a hearing on an effort to temporarily stop Corbett’s executive order from taking effect. A top official at the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources told the court he advised the administration against new leasing in state forests.”