Research Shows Strong Support for Energy Production & Enefit’s Utah Project
|Most Utahns (and residents of a handful of western Colorado towns near Enefit’s Utah Project) believe that energy production is very important to the local economy and large majorities say they have a favorable opinion of planned oil shale projects in eastern Utah. What’s more, those in areas nearest Enefit’s proposed project overwhelming support it.|
|In opinion research conducted for Enefit American Oil in September and October, we found that most respondents could accurately describe what oil shale is, a bit of a surprise given the confusion with “fracking/hydraulic fracturing” and “shale oil/tight oil” that we often encounter.We were pleased to see there is good awareness of the several oil shale projects planned for the Uintah Basin, with more than half of Utahns statewide (55%) saying they knew about them. At 84%, awareness of oil shale projects in the Basin is much higher.
When asked specifically if they would support Enefit’s Utah Project, 59% of Utahns statewide and 84% of those in the Uintah Basin said yes. Achieving energy independence and providing jobs and other economic benefits were cited as the main reasons for people’s support.
We conducted the research among 605 people throughout Utah to mirror the state’s population and demographic distribution. Another 210 people – residents of Utah’s Uintah Basin and nearby towns in western Colorado’s Rio Blanco and Moffat counties – were contacted to determine if there are any major differences between opinions statewide and those in the area of greatest impact and benefit of Enefit’s proposed project.