Upstate Support for Fracking Hits All-Time Low

ALBANY, NY (05/16/2012)(readMedia)--

In response to a new Siena College Research Institute poll of registered voters in New York State, the New York Water Rangers released the following statement:

"Support for fracking in Upstate communities likely to see gas drilling has dropped to historic lows and the gap between fracking boosters and those who oppose dirty drilling has never been wider. New York's leaders take heed: people likely to be impacted by fracking don't want it.

The new Siena poll also shows what the New York Water Rangers already know to be true: the more people know about the risks of fracking, the less likely they are to support it. New Yorkers are educating themselves about the problems fracking has caused across the country and the need for stronger regulations.

The Water Rangers continue to call on Governor Cuomo and his Department of Environmental Conservation to listen to New Yorkers and let science and strong protection of public health and the environment--not industry propaganda--determine if fracking should be permitted in the Empire State."


The New York Water Rangers campaign is supported by a network of organizations working to protect the rights and health of New Yorkers and one of our most precious environmental resources-water-from the dangers of irresponsible, poorly regulated and under-inspected natural gas exploration and development. The campaign is supported by Catskill Mountainkeeper, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Earthjustice, EARTHWORKS Oil & Gas Accountability Project, Environmental Advocates of New York, Environment New York, Fleased, Natural Resources Defense Council, Otsego 2000, and Riverkeeper. Visit to learn more.