"Gasland" and natural gas industry are least trusted sources on hydrofracking, study finds

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June 18, 2014

A new study finds Pennsylvanians view the natural gas industry and the 2010 anti-fracking film, "Gasland," as among the least trustworthy sources of information when it comes to hydraulic fracturing.

According to a paper recently published in the journal Energy Research and Social Science, people are more likely to trust information from university professors, environmental groups, newspapers, and landowner groups.

One-in-five report being “extremely unfamiliar” with hydraulic fracturing.

Gene Theodori of Sam Houston State University in Texas is the paper’s lead author.

“There’s so much information in the media from so many different stakeholders that the general population is just trying to sort through all this information.”

Newspapers were ranked as the public’s number one source of information, but they came in third place for trustworthiness—behind professors and environmental groups.