North Carolinians seem to favor new ways to get to natural resources.
According to the latest Elon University Poll, 50 percent of respondents support fracking and 66 percent support offshore drilling. (Not exactly sure what fracking is? Join the club: 20 percent of respondent said they had heard nothing of hydraulic fracturing and another 41 percent said they had heard very little about it.)
“The stronger support for off-shore drilling (over 66%) compared to fracking (just under 50%) could be due to the current debate over whether or not the runoff from fracking has the potential to contaminate wells, groundwater and other water supplies,” the poll directors said in a release. “For those residents that do not live near the coast, off-shore drilling may seem to impose less of a risk or burden to their immediate environment. Add to that the fact that fracking is still a relatively new concept to many residents in North Carolina and experts are still debating on whether it can be done safely.”
In fact, it’s likely that fracking support will decrease as more people become aware of stories like this one in the News & Observer: “This time, the proposal is shifting the fracking debate from the center of the state, where the energy exploration and economic benefits would occur, to tourism-dependent coastal communities where the disposal wells would have to be drilled.”