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Survey shows Ohioans want fracking halted for now

By Bob Downing Published: January 20, 2012

A poll of Ohioans shows that seven out of 10 want the hydraulic fracturing or fracking process used in natural gas drilling halted until the issue can be studied further.

Those surveyed in the Quinnipiac University survey said they feel that the economic benefits of fracking outweighed the risks.

In the statewide survey, Ohioans said, by a ratio of 72 to 23, that fracking should be halted until it can be analyzed further.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking at fracking, but a final analysis is not expected until 2014.

The industry says the practice is safe and has been used for decades. Critics say they are worried by spills and leaks at the surface contaminating drinking water.

Ohioans are conflicted on fracking, said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Ohioans feel that the economic boom from drilling outweighs the risks by a 64-29 ratio and the possibility that the drilling will bring jobs to Ohio by a 85-11 ratio,.

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