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New Study Says Majority Don't Understand Fracking

Laura Barron-Lopez | The Hill

30 December 2013

Hydraulic fracturing may be a hot topic of debate, but few know what the term "fracking" actually means, according to a recent survey.

The poll, gathered by researchers at Oregon State, George Mason and Yale universities, found that more than half of those surveyed reported knowing little or nothing of fracking. And nearly 60 percent of the 1,061 respondents had no opinion on the subject, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

With natural gas development booming and set to put the United States on track as the top exporter of the gas, the study's authors hope their findings will promote an educated conversation between lawmakers and their constituents.

"The fact that half of the people we surveyed know little if anything about fracking suggests that there may be an opportunity to educate the American citizenry in a non-partisan way about this important issue," said Hilary Boudet, a public policy expert at Oregon State and the study’s lead author.

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