Quebec higher than Alberta?

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My interpretation of a recent Environics Research Poll is that support for modern natural gas development may be higher in Quebec than Alberta.  This is incredible if true.

Opposition to a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing polled higher in Quebec than anywhere in the country according to a Post Media report also in the Gazette in early February. On average 28% of Canadians were opposed to a moratorium whereas 36% of Quebecers were opposed (36% is higher than the leading political party in Quebec at present.)

At least as interesting, is that support for a moratorium was lower in Quebec than Alberta.  62% of Canadians support a moratorium where only 57% of Albertans do.  What’s amazing is the poll found that even fewer Quebecers support a moratorium at just 55%, the lowest in the country.  A summary of the poll can be seen at this link.

Am I the only one who finds this pretty incredible?  I spend much of my time trying to explain to people the unique situation in Quebec and why high public opposition resulted in a defacto moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

What if it’s completely the wrong question?  What if the question should be why is there so little support for a moratorium in Quebec?  Certainly opponents work harder and are better organized in Quebec than anywhere else in the country.  Why isn’t, as I took for granted, opposition higher in Quebec than anywhere else in the country?

I don’t have an answer but if you do, please leave me a comment on my blog.

Plus, if you can answer that then I have another question for you.  If support for a moratorium is lower than anywhere else in the country and opposition is higher than anywhere else in the county why does Quebec have a defacto moratorium?

As a postscript.  It’s likely that over 90% of all new onshore oil and gas wells in Canada are hydraulically fractured.   So a small suggestion to the 62% of Canadians apparently in favour of a moratorium –  you might consider a ‘summer only’ one.  Otherwise winter could become unusually long and cold for all those Canadians who rely on natural gas to heat their homes.