In the process called hydraulic fracturing or “hydrofracking,” millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals shot into the ground break up rocks and release natural gas. Environmentalists worry about the dozens of chemicals used in the process, and maintain the chemicals contaminate drinking water.
Average New Yorkers are split on the issue. According to a new NY1-Marist Poll, 41 percent of state residents oppose hydrofracking while 38 percent support it. However,
21 percent are unsure.
That same uncertainty also exists in New York City, where 39 percent of city respondents oppose hydrofracking, 35 percent are in favor of it and 26 percent are unsure.
Upstate, 47 percent are against hydrofracking, 37 percent support it and 16 percent are unsure.
Statewide, 39 percent select oil independence as a priority, while 56 percent choose preserving the water supply.
Although preserving the water supply is the choice of a majority of New Yorkers regardless of region. The highest percentage who select that priority — 60 percent — lives in New York City, but 57 percent of respondents in the suburbs and 51 percent upstate choose that as well.
What is perhaps surprising is many New Yorkers do not know where their water comes from. Three-fourths of those living in New York City correctly identify upstate reservoirs as their primary source of water, but 25 percent do not.
Included in this 25 percent are 11 percent who think they get their water mostly from the Hudson River, 1 percent who report it comes from the Long Island Sound and 13 percent who are unsure.
The potential impact of hydrofracking on the water supply is under review by the state and a moratorium stands on certain kinds of fracking until July.
The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.
Taken from NY1.com