LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- A poll shows New York voters nearly evenly divided on natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
The Siena Research Institute poll released Monday says voters statewide were split 40-40 percent when asked if the Department of Environmental Conservation should lift a 4 ½-year-old moratorium on fracking. The remaining 20 percent had no opinion. In the Southern Tier region where drilling would most likely start, the poll showed 48 percent opposed and 47 percent favored lifting the ban.
The poll found opponents of fracking were far more passionate in their positions than supporters were.
The agency has a Feb. 27 deadline to complete fracking regulations or let them expire.
The telephone poll conducted Jan. 27-31 surveyed 1,154 registered voters and has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.