UB Shale Institute Taps Industry Shills for First Report
by Buck Quigley - posted 6:14 pm, May 15, 2012
Click here to read the first report spat out by the recently announced Shale Resources and Society Institute at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The authors of the report include Robert W. Watson, Timothy J. Considine, and Institute co-director John P. Martin.
Martin is being quoted in the press claiming “the study was funded entirely by the University at Buffalo with no industry support.” That would be a reassuring statement if only it was accurate.
UB spokesperson John DellaContrada told us a few weeks back that “philanthropic support [for the institute] is pending from a variety of potential funders.” Today we left a message asking him about the new report. He sent a three-word email reply. “Funded by UB.” We asked for a little more clarity. He then told us that the new report wasn’t funded by UB, but in fact the money came from the University at Buffalo Foundation.
Since the various UB Foundations exist beyond the reach of the Freedom of Information Law, the public can’t know which gas industry companies may or may not have donated to the UB Foundation, or the amount of those donations. All we’re told is the money for the study came from the UB Foundation.
Isn’t that a nice way to launder money, my fellow New Yorkers?
Well, at least the State University of New York at Buffalo is standing by the research coming out of its new institute, right? Check out the following disclaimer found on page 2 of the report released today:
The opinions and conclusions expressed or implied in the report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the University at Buffalo. University at Buffalo does not make any warranty, expressed or implied, or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe upon privately owned rights. Trademarks and copyrights mentioned with this report are the ownership of their respective companies.
The thing has more disclaimers than a pharmaceutical ad.
At any rate, two of the authors, Watson and Considine, have a proven track record of producing feel-good fracking stories funded by pro-fracking groups—and they put them out on Penn State letterhead.
Click here to read “The Economic Impacts of the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play: An Update.” That one came out May 24, 2010. Here’s the page 2 disclaimer:
This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by the Marcellus Shale
Coalition. Neither the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State nor
the Marcellus Shale Coalition, nor any person acting on behalf thereof, makes any
warranty or representation, express or implied, with respect to the accuracy, completeness
or usefulness of the information contained in the report nor that its use may not infringe
privately owned rights, or assumes any liability with respect to the use of, or for damages
resulting from the use of, any information, apparatus, method or process disclosed in this
report. This report was written and produced for the Marcellus Shale Coalition by the
Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University. The opinions,
findings, and conclusions expressed in the report are those of the authors and are not
necessarily those of The Pennsylvania State University or the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
To obtain additional copies of the report or with questions regarding the content, contact
Tim Considine at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 760-8400, or Robert Watson at
email@example.com or (814) 865-0531.
I left messages with Watson and Considine regarding the funding of this report, but heard nothing back.
Watson and Considine also collaborated on the follow-up: “The Pennsylvania Marcellus Natural Gas Industry: Status, Economic Impacts and Future Potential.” Click here to read that one. It was also paid for by the Marcellus Shale Coalition and came out last year.
Unfamiliar with the Marcellus Shale Coalition? Click here to see who’s on the board:
- AkA Energy Group
- Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
- Atlas Energy, L.P.
- Burnett Oil Company
- Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation
- Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.
- Chesapeake Energy Corporation
- Chief Oil and Gas LLC
- CONSOL Energy
- DTE Pipeline Company
- Energy Corporation of America
- Enerplus Resources USA
- EOG Resources, Inc.
- EQT Corporation
- EXCO Resources (PA), LLC
- Hess, Inc.
- Hunt Marcellus Operating Company, LLC
- Inflection Energy, LLC
- MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, LLC
- Mitsui E&P USA
- Newfield Exploration Company
- NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage
- Noble Energy, Inc.
- PDC Mountaineer, LLC
- Penn Virginia Oil & Gas Corporation
- Pennsylvania General Energy Company, LLC
- Peoples Natural Gas
- PVR Midstream
- Range Resources
- Rex Energy Corporation
- Seneca Resources Corporation
- Shell Appalachia
- Southwestern Energy
- Sumitomo Corporation of America
- Talisman Energy USA, Inc.
- Triana Energy
- UGI Energy Services
- Ultra Resources
- Williams Companies
- WPX Energy
- XTO Energy, Inc.
Click here to see the list of Associate Members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
- Acorn Energy
- Accutest Laboratories
- Advanced GeoServices, Corp.
- AES Drilling Fluids LLC
- Allan A. Myers, Inc.
- ALS Environmental
- Amerimar Realty Company
- Appalachia Oil Purchasers, Inc.
- Aqua America, Inc.
- ARCADIS-US, Inc.
- ARCHER, The Well Company
- ARM Group
- Altela Inc.
- AVT, Inc.
- Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir
- Baker Hughes
- Barrett Industries (IA Construction)
- Benchmark Analytics
- Bergmann Associates
- Bishop Brothers Construction
- Blackhawk Specialty Tools
- BL Companies
- Boots & Coots
- Bravo Group
- Bruce & Merrilees Electric Company
- Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
- Buchart Horn, Inc.
- Burleson LLP
- Capstone Turbine Distributor/E-Finity
- Casella Waste Services
- CDM Smith
- CESI Chemical, a Flotek Company
- Chapman Corporation
- Chester Engineers
- Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
- Clean Harbors
- Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co.
- Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services
- Conestoga-Rovers & Associates
- Contech Construction Products, Inc.
- Contract Land Staff (CLS)
- Crescent Directional Drilling, LP
- CSD (Carnegie Strategic Design)
- CUDD Energy Services
- Cummings/Riter Consultants, Inc.
- Dawood Engineering, Inc.
- Dawson & Associates
- Dell Fastener Corporation
- Deloitte Consulting LLP
- Drill Baby Drill Staffing
- Dixie Construction Company, Inc.
- DLA Piper
- Duncan Land Services
- Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
- Edgen Murray
- Emera Energy
- Entech Engineering, Inc.
- Environmental Drilling Solutions
- Environmental Service Laboratories
- Environmental Standards, Inc.
- Eureka Resources Inc.
- Express Energy Services
- Falcon Drilling
- Fisher Associates
- FMC Corporation
- Force Incorporated
- Fox Rothschild
- FTS International
- Fulbright & Jaworski
- G4S Secure Solutions USA
- G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc.
- GAI Consultants, Inc.
- Gannett Fleming, Inc.
- Gas Technology Institute
- Gilmore & Associates
- Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
- Golder Associates, Inc.
- Groundwater & Environmental Services
- Greenberg Traurig, LLP
- Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc.
- H20 Resources/WaterTrac
- Halliburton Energy Services
- Hart Resource Technologies, Inc. & PA Brine Treatment, Inc.
- Hartman & Hartman
- Hatch Mott MacDonald
- HDR Engineering, Inc.
- Henkels & McCoy
- Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.
- Herschell Environmental LLC
- High Industries/High Real Estate Group
- Hoffman Construction Services
- Homewaters Retreats
- Honeywell Safety Products
- HRI, Inc.
- Hull & Associates, Inc.
- Independence Excavating
- INTERTECH Security
- IPS Engineering/EPC
- Jackson Kelly, PLLC
- JMC Steel Group
- JMT Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
- John T. Boyd Company
- K&L Gates
- Keane Frac
- Key Energy Services, Inc.
- Kroff Well Services, Inc.
- LJ Stein & Company, Inc.
- L.R. Kimball & Associates, Inc.
- Lafarge North America
- Lancaster Laboratories
- Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
- Larson Design Group
- Laurel Aggregates
- Layne Christensen Company
- Lowe’s Home Improvement
- M. Davis & Sons Inc.
- Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP
- Mascaro Construction Company, LP
- MATCOR Inc.
- McClure Company
- McGuireWoods, LLP
- McKissack & McKissack
- McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC
- McTish, Kunkel & Associates
- Michael Baker Corporation
- M-I SWACO a Schlumberger Company
- Moody and Associates, Inc.
- Nalco Company
- National Vacuum Corp.
- National Oilwell Varco (NOV)
- Nemacolin Woodlands Resort/84 Lumber
- New Enterprise Stone Lime Co., Inc.
- New Pig Corporation
- New Tech Engineering
- O’Brien & Gere
- Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
- Orion Drilling
- Oxford Development Company
- PB Energy Storage Services, Inc.
- Pace Analytical Services, Inc.
- ParenteBeard, LLC
- Penn E&R
- Pennoni Associates, Inc.
- Pennsylvania American Water
- Pennsy Supply, Inc.
- Penn United Technologies
- Pepper Hamilton LLP
- Percheron Acquisitions LLC
- Petroleum Products, Inc.
- PGT Trucking
- Pipeco Services, LP
- PJ Dick-Trumbull Corporation
- P. Joseph Lehman, Inc., Consulting Engineers
- PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers)
- Protechnics (division of Core Laboratories)
- Prudential Preferred Realty
- ReedSmith, LLP
- Reserved Environmental Services, LLC
- Ridge Global
- RPM Industries LLC
- River Chemical and Energy, a River Development Corporation
- Russell Standard Corporation
- Saul Ewing
- Schlumberger Oilfield Services
- SAIC Science Applications International Corporation
- Saxon Drilling
- Sci-tek Consultants Inc.
- Select Energy Services, LLC
- SGC Engineering, LLC (Member of The Senergy Group)
- Sevenson Environmental Services
- Shallenberger Construction, Inc.
- Skelly and Loy, Inc.
- SSM Group
- Stallion Oilfield Services
- Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC
- Stantec Consulting Corporation
- Steptoe & Johnson
- STRAD Oilfield Services
- Suit-Kote Corporation
- Sunnyside Supply, Inc.
- Superior Energy Services
- Superior Well Services, Ltd.
- Sustainable Resources Group
- T & M Associates
- Taylor Wiseman & Taylor
- Tensar International Corporation
- TerrAqua Resource Management (TARM)
- Terra Services LLC
- TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc.
- Tetra Tech
- The Chartwell Law Offices
- The EADS Group
- The Gateway Engineers
- The Lane Construction Corporation
- The Sadler Law Firm
- The Shaw Group
- The West Firm
- THP Gas Field Services
- T&M Associates
- TMK IPSCO
- Total Equipment Company
- Total Safety U.S., Inc.
- Trican Well Service, L.P.
- Twilight Services
- United States Steel Corporation
- UniversalPegasus International
- Universal Well Services, Inc.
- URS Corporation
- Urban Engineers Inc.
- USA Compression
- Utility Line Services
- Vallourec & Mannesmann USA
- Veolia Environment North America
- Wallace & Pancher Inc. (WPI)
- WSP Environment & Energy
- Waste Management
- Weatherford International Ltd.
- Weavertown Environmental Group
- Weston Solutions, Inc.
- West Penn Energy Services, LLC
- West Physics
- Willbros Engineering
- Williams Scotsman
- Wilkinson & Associates
- Womble Carlyle Ecology Innovations
- Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Who’s on the Executive Board of the Marcellus Shale Coalition?
Dave Spigelmyer, Chair
Vice President, Government Affairs
Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Rob Broen, Vice-Chair
Talisman Energy USA
K. Scott Roy, Treasurer
Range Resources Corporation
John Mollenkopf, Secretary
Chief Operating Officer
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.
Chief Operating Officer
CNX Gas Company, LLC
Vice President, Onshore Gathering & Processing
Vice President, Legal
Pennsylvania General Energy
Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs
Chief Oil & Gas
Not surprisingly, the authors of the first report produced by the Shale Resources and Society Institute at the State University of New York at Buffalo are swooning over fracking. Here’s the first sentence of the Executive Summary:
The development of shale gas through hydraulic fracturing has awakened what some have described as an American energy renaissance…
Here’s how the Buffalo News reported it today, in the business section.
Meanwhile, folks advocating a fracking ban for New York State are having a concert tonight in Albany. Martin likes to poke fun of celebrities who come out against fracking, as he did in Jakarta, Indonesia this past February—while representing himself as a director of this new institute at UB, months before the institute was awkwardly rolled out to the public under pressure from Artvoice.