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SUNY Chancellor Directs UB to Counter Legitimate Criticism

Check out Susan Arbetter’s interview with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher today on the Capitol Pressroom, addressing the black eye UB has received over the first paper produced by their new Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI). The show airs locally on 88.7 WBFO at 8pm tonight.

From the piece:

Susan Arbetter This is a divisive issue, as you say, very emotional. And it’s on the front page of the papers now. It has to do with public policy in New York now. So shouldn’t there be sort of a. . . The highest standards of academic research should be adhered to. We should have a peer review, a scholarly peer review, which was not done. Are you unhappy with that?

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. Well, I think I’ve asked, and they are responding, the University, to counter these arguments, that’s appropriate. I think we need to wait to see what they’re going to say about the various criticisms. I think that the University at Buffalo has a very high standard for the review of their research. And I’m very confident that they will step up and respond to implications about how the study was done, knowing, as you said, that this is a controversial issue, and people do attack process, they do.

Here’s how the interview was summed up by the Democrat and Chronicle.


  • Jesse Griffis

    According to you guys, there is NO rebuttal that can counter any research or statements that are in any way positive towards fracking.
    So what’s the point?