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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:45 PM

Tainted Fracking Research: Three Strikes And Yer Out

Source: Think Progress

The oil and gas industry frequently claims there has never been a proven case of hydraulic fracturing contaminating ground water. But not even the fossil fuel barons can claim it hasn’t contaminated academia.

Last week, an independent investigation found that a University of Texas study concluding hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, poses no threat to underground water supplies was tainted by a conflict of interest by the study’s lead author

That author, Charles Groat, was on the board of Plains Exploration & Production Co. and received an annual fee of $58,500 in 2011 while holding more than 40,000 shares of the energy firm worth more than $1.7 million. Groat has left the university...

...The panel that investigated the case concluded that “the study falls short of the generally accepted rigor required for the publication of scientific work,” citing Groat’s failure to disclose his conflict of interest as the main lapse.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/10/1308361/tainted-fracking-research-three-strikes-and-yer-out/?mobile=nc



So much for one "scientific" argument for fracking.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:54 PM

1. If you threaten a university's funding enough

no independent studies will be conducted.

can't prove it if no one studies it.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:17 PM

2. This is what happened at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks

A professor lost his grant money when the oil industry complained to the university about his work which was detrimental to the oil industry and threatened to withhold future grant money unless he was let go.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:00 PM

3. It is not that people can be bought that shocks me,

it's the low selling price.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:33 PM

4. Some other guy should be by any minute now.

To supply us with many other studies showing fracking is safe.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:45 PM

5. The Frackers are infested with "Republican Family Values"

tainted up the wazoo

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 06:38 PM

6. Fracking is gonna kill us all.

I say that in every Fracking thread.

What scares me is that they advertise during the news. Who are they trying to convince and what are we trying to convince them of? They don't actually have a consumer product. Kind of like GE advertising the great things that they are doing in the world; why are you telling us this during the news?

If they invested into converting chicken and cow manure into methane gas instead of Fracking they'd be solving multiple problems:

1) Reduce contaminant runoff.
2) Develop an organic fertilizer distribution infrastructure.
3) Not risk poisoning all of the aquifers.
4) Not risk killing us all with earthquakes.

The whole Fracking thing makes no sense to me at all when we have underutilized surface resources that provide better opportunities.

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