Saint Index Energy Highlights Growing Activism in Shale Drilling

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(Editor: Saint Consulting has conducted The Saint Index annually since 2005 to chronicle public opposition to development. This year we began holding learning lunches and individual presentations to tailor the survey results to specific regions or industries. If you or your company would like a presentation, email for details)

By Jay Vincent,

Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group

In July we came out of the field with the 2011 Saint Index Results and they were interesting to say the least.  The first number we always see is the overall national level of opposition.  This year it grew to 79%  of Americans opposed to any new development.  But the energy numbers tell another story. Here is how it breaks out by energy type if a project was proposed for someone’s community:

  •             75% of Americans opposed to a new nuclear power plant
  •             26% of American opposed to a new wind farm
  •             55% of Americans would oppose drilling for oil in their community
  •             45% of American would oppose drilling for natural gas in their community

The Saint Index findings on drilling for natural gas reflect the growing activism and emerging opposition to local drilling in the Marcellus, Barnett and Bakken shale formations. Support for local drilling exceeds opposition, but controversy over “fracking” methods has raised concerns — and 45 percent of Americans say they oppose a local drilling project.

Check out for more details on the 2011 Saint Index.  Feel free to ask for a webinar or in person presentation too.

Jay Vincent is senior vice president for energy for The Saint Consulting Group, email or phone  312.212.8889       

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