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SRSI Plays Password

The State University of New York at Buffalo’s Shale Research and Society Institute (SRSI) has ended public access to its website, according to this post by the Public Accountability Initiative (PAI). A user name and password are now required to visit the site. PAI has archived most of the pages that were taken down overnight. Yesterday, PAI issued a scathing review of SRSI’s first report, showing it to be bad science and embarrassingly one-sided in tone. The report was authored by individuals with deep ties to the natural gas industry.

According to the secret SRSI website, the primary goals of the Shale Resources and Society Institute are to:

  • Address environmental, economic, social, and legislative concerns related to shale gas and oil development.
  • Build a well-informed citizenry through a base of community knowledge regarding shale gas and oil development, while carefully balancing academic and public education.
  • Bring all sectors together to make intelligent decisions based on the best information available.
  • Work with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Train students in energy-related fields and prepare them to fill future leadership roles.

Facilitate potential economic benefits without damaging the environment.

Yet now, the public is barred from access?

This is the second SUNY shale institute website to vanish from the public eye after scrutiny. The first was located at SUNY College at Fredonia.