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Industry-Backed Frack Studies are a Global Problem

Just as the flawed UB Shale Resources and Society Institute study was quickly used to influence Washington, DC lawmakers, a similarly controversial University of Texas study was trotted out to influence the development of fracking in Eastern Europe.

Even the Buffalo News has picked up a Bloomberg story about this kind of thing.

Meanwhile, the University of Queensland in Australia has come under scrutiny for accepting at least $20 million over five years from the gas industry to fund the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG), according to the Research Integrity Coalition (RIC).

Students there protested during the school’s Open Day activities. A RIC spokesperson had this to say:

“CSG companies have an obligation to maximise their profits, but as a public institution UQ has an obligation to make sure the right questions are asked. Those two mandates can work together, but UQ must step up and institute genuine independent oversight. Currently, industry representatives have bought six votes on the Centre’s governing Board, while UQ holds two.”

“I chose to come to UQ because of its reputation for academic excellence. If it sells its academic integrity to the highest bidder, what are our degrees worth?”

Here’s a video of security officials telling Australian students to take down the banner they’d hung in protest.

Kroiky! It’s like a parallel universe Down Under, mate!

Here’s a link to the UB Shale Resource and Society Institute (SRSI) website. And here is a link to the first press conference for the Coalition for Leading Ethically in Academic Research (UBCLEAR).

And below is the full Q&A from the July 26 screening of the gas industry movie “Truthland” at the Burchfield Penney Art Center on the SUNY Buffalo State Campus.


  • James Northrup

    damn, Buck, look what you’ve started. 

    Outing frackademics in the Outback 

  • Jim_Holstun

    Anybody interested in seeing how the frackers will handle property-owning lessors, just look at the way they handle people asking them questions, when there isn’t even any money involved. Let the buyer beware.