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UT Fracking Study Questioned

B S STAMPEXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!

A University of Texas at Austin study examining the release of methane at fracked well sites concludes there’s less of the greenhouse gas being emitted than was previously thought.

Would you believe that the study may have been influenced by the natural gas industry itself?!

These shocking allegations have been put forth by the Public Accountability Initiative (PAI), the watchdog group that soundly debunked the first and only publication of the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) at the State University at Buffalo. During the public humiliation that ensued, UB President Satish Tripathi closed the shady institute just seven months after it had been unceremoniously outed by Artvoice.

SRSI tombstone

Poor little thing never had much of a chance at life.

Let’s also observe a moment of silence for SRSI’s older brother, the SUNY Fredonia Shale Research Institute, also presumed gone. All that remains is this sad little screen shot I took back in the day (below). It’s like I want to click on the hot link to professor Gary Lash’s email, but I know it wouldn’t work. It’s just a screen shot, not an active website. Oh well, it’s still getting all the gas industry logos out there one last time, hobnobbing with SUNY.

Screen shot

Those were the days.

To read more accounts of the current UT controversy, including industry funding of the study and an undisclosed conflict of interest on the part of one of the authors, click here, or here, or here, or here, or here, or here.