22 May '12, 10pm

Check the math: Study touting ‘safer’ fracking reveals Big Oil’s ties to academia

Check the math: Study touting ‘safer’ fracking reveals Big Oil’s ties to academia

What do you call a report that makes major math mistakes, pulls language directly from other publications without citation, and fails to disclose the researchers’ financial conflicts of interest? In the fight over fracking, it might just be called “peer-reviewed” science. The most recent example of such sketchy research comes from the University of Buffalo, which released a report [PDF] this month concluding that fracking is getting safer and pointing for proof to Pennsylvania, ground zero for drilling. The problem isn’t just that the study itself is misleading and riddled with errors (which it is). It’s that in their efforts to win public favor, the fracking industry increasingly hides behind academia to circulate misinformation — and the University of Buffalo is the latest cover. Let’s deconstruct: The study’s key claim is that the rate of major environmental violations ...

Full article: http://grist.org/article/check-the-math-study-touting-saf...

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