At Universities, Fracking Research Funded by Oil and Gas Companies
Critics question the legitimacy of industry-funded ‘frackademia.’
In a story on frackademia, Bloomberg wrote, “producers are taking a page from the tobacco industry playbook: funding research at established universities that arrives at conclusions that counter concerns raised by critics.”
But the Observer has found that UT’s fracking connections don’t end there. In March, UT’s Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineeringannounced that ExxonMobil and GE—two companies with large stakes in shale gas—would each donate $1 million to fund a training program for regulators and policymakers on fracking. (As part of the deal, Penn State University and the Colorado School of Mines will develop similar programs.)
I’m sure industry makes available the main component of the inoculation process: The Rig Tour™. But these regulators and legislators are not offered the the Reality Based Gas Patch Tour©.
This is not a real training program. It is a true inoculation.
Another problem is the tough questions that get asked that no one can answer:
I have asked many scientists this question: What is the additional risk to our children when they go from breathing 7 chemicals to a cocktail of 65 chemicals. To date, no one has been able to answer with anything besides, “We don’t know.”