Industry-Backed Frack Studies are a Global Problem
by Buck Quigley - posted 4:20 pm, August 6, 2012
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!
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.