Support for LNG declining says Insights West poll

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According to a poll conducted by Insights West, British Columbians are becoming more opposed to LNG development, and more concerns are being expressed about fracking.

In August of 2013 50 per cent of those polled were in favour, and 32 per cent were against. Now 43 per cent are in favour of LNG, and 41 are opposed. The unsure category saw a slight dip, going from 18 per cent down to 15 per cent.

The drop is being attributed to views on fracking. Three out of five British Columbians are said to be familiar with the concept, which is the procedure by which oil and gas companies inject water and chemicals into the ground to fracture underlying shale rock formations and extract natural gas. 23 per cent support the process while 61 per cent are against it, an increase of 14 per cent based off of the organization’s previous poll.

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Specifically 68 per cent of those asked expressed concern over the impacts of fracking, and 62 per cent are said to be worried about alteration of the landscape and the potential contamination of water supply.

Back to LNG, only 15 per cent of those asked believe LNG will bring a significant benefit to the province, a drop of six per cent. That said 42 per cent, an increase of three per cent feel LNG will benefit select communities. 28 per cent feet LNG will not benefit most residents, an increase of six per cent.

The online study was conducted from March 16 to 18 of this year with 802 adult residents of the province participating. The data is said to be statistically weighted according to census figures for age, gender, and region.

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