16 Aug '12, 7pm

Fracking Industry Paying Off Scientists For "Unbiased" Safety Studies

Fracking Industry Paying Off Scientists For "Unbiased" Safety Studies

As the debate continues and local municipalities look to block fracking expansion in many areas, the energy industries have constantly countered, either mounting their own legal battles or now through influencing researchers to produce studies focusing on fracking’s benefits and safety. WIRED reports that last week, the provost at University of Texas said it would have to “re-examine” a recent university report from one of its professors that declared fracking was safe on groundwater supplies when it was revealed that professor had taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from a single gas developer in the state. Nationwide, Americans are being influenced by seemingly unbiased research but not being told who is influencing the authors of these studies. Case in point, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also recently published a report, according to WIRED , entitled “Shale Works for...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/2012/08/16/fracking-industry-pa...

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