There’s little division about another issue: The economic benefits of drilling for natural gas outweigh environmental concerns, Ohio voters say 64 percent to 29 percent.
But Ohio voters want a moratorium on fracking – short for a process known as hydraulic fracturing – by 72 percent to 23 percent, until further studies are completed on its impact. While many are unsure about the potential environment impact, only 16 percent think the process won’t damage the environment.
Fracking – called a potential economic boon for Ohio by some – also uses injection wells similar to one suspected for causing a series of earthquakes in the Youngstown area.
“Ohio votes are conflicted on hydro-fracking. They recognize the economic value of drilling for fossil fuels in the state, but are worried about potential environmental risks of the specific technique – hydro-fracking,” Brown said.
So let me get this straight: Ohio voters are undividedly (I made that word up) convinced that the economics benefits of natural gas exceed the costs, including the environmental costs. They are so undivided that they want a moratorium on drilling to study whether the environmental costs exceed the benefits. This has caused division.
See the logic?
Yeah, me neither.