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“Damning Review” of Gas Study Prompts Shakeup at University of Texas

December 6, 2012

The New York Times‘ Andrew Revkin takes a detailed look at the University of Texas decision to pull papers from its published on its Energy Institute website. Published today, Revkin’s headline, “Damning Review of Gas Study Prompts a Shakeup at the University of Texas,” tells it like it is.

The shakeup comes hard on the heels of the Community College of Philadelphia’s Faculty and Staff union vote this past Tuesday to reject ties with the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the shale gas industry lobbying group; and to push for jobs related to sustainability instead. SUNY Buffalo just shut down their Shale Research Institute altogether after recognizing improprieties. A paper SRI published was just plain wrong  SRI had touted an industry-favorable finding that Pennsylvania regulators had succeeded in reducing Marcellus Shale environmental violations, but in fact, violations had increased 36%.

Revkin opens,

The University of Texas said today that it has accepted the findings of a damning independent review of the preparation of a report on potential impacts of shale gas drilling by the school’s Energy Institute. The school said it will undertake six recommended actions, the most significant being the withdrawal of papers from the Energy Institute’s Web site related to the report until they are submitted for fresh expert review.

Read more in today’s New York Times. And make sure to post a comment when you do.


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