Fracking receives support in new national poll
A plurality of Americans are in favor of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" to extract natural gas from the ground, according to a survey of 1,003 adults by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media.
After a balanced presentation of fracking offered by energy groups and environmental groups, 42.3 percent reported they strongly support fracking while 32.8 percent expressed opposition – somewhat or strongly. Many, 24.9 percent, were unsure.
Among those with an opinion, the majority, 56.4 percent, supports fracking and 43.6 percent are opposed.
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“It is interesting that a majority is in support of fracking. Just three years ago, when there was staunch opposition to fracking by many environmental groups, I think you would have been lucky to have a third of poll respondents in support of fracking,” said Tony Kerzmann, assistant professor of engineering at RMU.
Among those with an opinion:
- 59.6 percent suggest the environmental impact of gas drilling outweighs any resulting reduced energy costs or energy independence;
- 73.9 percent see new drilling technologies, which allow fracking, helping the United States move to energy independence;
- 80.1 percent suggest fracking has the potential to help the United States economy; and
- 60.2 percent suggest the United States begin exporting new natural gas resources resulting from fracking.
Forty percent of all respondents strongly or somewhat supported fracking in their hometown; while 34.7 percent were strongly or somewhat opposed. One-quarter, 25.3 percent, were unsure. Among those with an opinion, 53.6 percent would support fracking in their hometown.
The Poll was conducted by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media. Polling by the Institute is conducted on a regular basis and may also include spontaneous polling on occurring events.
The Poll sampled opinions of 1,003 approximately proportional to state population contribution nationwide. The survey was conducted Oct. 23 to Nov. 1, 2013. All surveys were conducted using an online survey instrument. The poll has a +/- 3.0 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level on a composite basis.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.