Skip to comments.Review of UT Fracking Study Finds Failure to Disclose Conflict of Interest (Updated)
Posted on 12/12/2012 10:01:40 AM PST by Orange1998
The long-awaited review of a controversial study on the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was released today, and it finds numerous errors and flaws with how the study was conducted and released, as well as University of Texas policies for disclosing conflicts of interest.
The head author of the study, Dr. Charles Chip Groat, has retired in the wake of the controversy, and the head of the Energy Institute that released it, Dr. Raymond Orbach, has resigned as head of the Institute, the University announced today.
The original report by UT Austins Energy Institute, Fact-Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in the Shale Gas Development, was released early this year, and claimed that there was no link between fracking and water contamination. But this summer, the Public Accountability Initiative, a watchdog group, reported that the head of the study, UT professor Chip Groat, had been sitting on the board of a drilling company the entire time. His compensation totaled over $1.5 million over the last five years. That prompted the University to announce an independent review of the study a month later, which was released tod
If the money had come from George Soros it would have been fine.
What the frack!?