Numbers from a Siena Research Institute poll have brought a Southern Tier issue to the forefront once again as numbers show more New Yorkers are against hydraulic fracturing now than ever before. Our Elyse Mickalonis met with both sides of the issue to see what they had to say about the poll’s results.
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Southern Tier debate sparked again Monday as a record number of New Yorkers said they’re against natural gas drilling.
"As time is moving forward, our movement is growing, we’re becoming stronger, people are looking at the signs and see that this is a heavy industry and they don’t want it in New York,” said Isaac Silberman-Gorn, Citizen Action Environmental Organizer.
Scott Kurkoski, Joint Landowners Coalition of New York Attorney, added, "My immediate reaction is the poll is still not significant in statistics. Essentially the polls have been split on the issue of whether or not people want hydraulic fracturing in New York."
The Siena College Poll shows 45 percent of 807 people polled are saying "no" to hydraulic fracturing, while 37 percent of people say they're for it. It's the largest anti-fracking number the Siena College Poll has shown. In Upstate New York, where hydrofracking would mainly take place, the poll shows that 52 percent of upstaters are opposed to it.
"This is the most opposition to fracking we've seen in a poll to this point the upstate voters are 52 percent opposed to 34 percent in favor in fracking. As time is moving forward, we're seeing the numbers moving more and more in our favor as New Yorkers look to the science behind hydrofracking,” said Silberman-Gorn.
Kurkoski added, "I think everyone needs to be aware when they say upstate New York, they don't mean Broome County, they don't mean the Southern Tier, because the Southern Tier is overwhelmingly in support of hydrofracking. How do we know that? Look at the last election, everyone opposed to fracking lost by a landslide."
While both sides disagree on whether or not fracking is safe for the state, they both hope Governor Cuomo will hear their arguments and make a decision soon.
To take a look at the Siena College Poll, visit www.siena.edu.