A poll by the University of Michigan and Mullenberg College finds a stunning 58% support "strongly" or "somewhat" a moratorium on gas drilling in Pennsylvania. Just 25% is strongly opposed to a moratorium.
http://closup.umich.edu/files/nsee-fracking-fall-2012.pdf. See Table 21 at page 19. See also:
So what explains the continuing collapse of public confidence in the oversight and operations of the gas industry itself. Things like only a handful of companies in Pennsylvania embracing the Center For Sustainable Shale Development, while many companies now view it as a threat or annoyance, illustrate the gas industry's self-inflicted wounds.
But the biggest reasons for collapsing public confidence include still too many accidents, inadequate regulation and enforcement by the Corbett Administration, and the Corbett Administration's refusal to treat respectfully and fairly drilling complaints and concerns. Add to those blows to confidence the Corbett's nationally unique oppostion to a reasonable drilling tax, and you get these poll numbers.
The state of public confidence and opinion reflected in this poll should cause major changes in the gas industry and the Corbett Administration. But it may not change much in either. Time will tell and is running out.