Headlines of a Bloomberg poll of public opinion about regulating fracking trumpeted that support for more regulation is declining. Indeed, it is, according to the latest numbers. But the decline is not the real story.
Though support for more regulation of fracking is down from stratospheric levels of 68% to 19% in March to a strong 56% to 29% today, the real message of the poll is that the American people do not believe that current regulation is adequate. And by a huge margin!
Also, the national numbers conceal regional differences. For example, support for more regulation in the Northeast is an overwhelming 69%.
Effective regulation requires strong rules, reasonable enforcement, and a genuine culture of safety embraced by all companies that compose the big, diverse gas industry. The American public is right that their is more work to do in making regulation of the gas industry better and smarter.