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Fracking: a Blessing or a Curse? US Society Split, Gallup Poll Shows

© AP PhotoAn anti-fracking demonstrator
An anti-fracking demonstrator - Sputnik International
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A solid majority of Republicans, 66 percent, support fracking, while only 26 percent of Democrats are in favor of the practice.

A brine injection well owned by Northstar Disposal Services LLC is seen in Youngstown, Ohio, with the skyline of Youngstown in the distance. A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, state regulators said Friday, March 9, 2012 as they announced a series of tough new rules for drillers. Fracking was halted in Ohio after two major earthquakes were felt in Youngstown in March, 2014. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Forty percent of US citizens oppose the practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, while the same number – 40 percent say they support the procedure, a Gallup opinion poll said Monday.

The attitude toward the much-debated fracking issue highlights differences in the US' highly divided political environment, the Gallup said.

A solid majority of Republicans, 66 percent, support fracking, while only 26 percent of Democrats are in favor of the practice.

This Thursday March 6, 2014 photo shows pumpjacks operating in front of a hydraulic fracturing site in the Inglewood oil fields in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles - Sputnik International
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The poll came after US President Barack Obama's administration announced the first nationwide safety rules for fracking. The administration said it was tightening rules on fracking, trying to make the oil and gas extraction method safer for the environment.

Fracking is a technique for the extraction of shale gas through the high-pressure injection of a toxic fluid mixture deep underground. It is widely considered to be dangerous for the environment. Environmental experts have proven that the toxic materials contained by fracking fluid contaminate the groundwater.

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