Frackademic: noun – An academic aligned with frackers to lend credibility to fracking.
Frackademia: verb – To act or work as such a person to provide credibility to frackers: “we’ve aligned with Univ. of Buffalo. We’ve done a variety of other activities where we’ve gotten the academics to sponsor programs and bring in people for public sessions to educate them on a variety of different topics.”
The UK has decided to finally say no to Tobacademics as they announced in October that UK medical journals will no longer accept Tobacademia or research funded by the tobacco industry.
“time to cease supporting the now discredited notion that tobacco industry-funded research is just like any other research.”
“The tobacco industry has a long history of manipulating and distorting the scientific debate. They have funded research and researchers to undermine the strong scientific evidence of the harm tobacco causes.
In 2009, I started writing about how closely the fracking industry resembles the tobacco industry. They use the same playbook and even trade players. And the fracking industry has it’s very own version of Joe Camel.
Now NBC5 tells us that Frackademia, TCU’s Energy Institute, will team up with what has been called the most corrupt of the corrupt regulatory agencies in Texas, the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), to study the cause of the most recent outbreak of earthquakes in North Texas.
Dr. Ken Morgan, PhD, is the head of TCU’s Energy Institute and he already has his mind made up that it is not possible that fracking is a factor.
Morgan said, however, in his belief, fracking is not a possible cause of the Parker County earthquakes.
The RRC is likeminded.
…staff has not identified a significant correlation between these disposal wells and small earthquakes.
The U.S. government and scientists disagree with Morgan and the RRC.
Cliff Frohlich, Associate Director of the Institute for Geophysics University of Texas at Austin, has lead research into links between oil and gas drilling activity and manmade earthquakes. His study of earthquakes in the Barnett Shale found that disposal wells were responsible.
Mapped: The Latest Earthquake Swarm in Texas
NOVEMBER 20, 2013 | 2:00 PM
BY TERRENCE HENRY
Early in the fracking earthquake adventure, Frohlich thought like Morgan that it was not possible for fracking to cause earthquakes. But he has changed his mind on that.
A year ago, I would have told you that fracking never caused earthquakes. However, in the last year there have three well-documented earthquakes that occurred during the frack job and were probably related to fracking.
How fracking, drilling and earthquakes are linked
February 8, 2012
My blog post, Tap dancing around fracking earthquakes, has information about how injection and earthquakes are linked and we’ve known this since the 1960s.
StateImpact has a handy map that shows the location of the most recent quakes in relation to the injection wells.
UPDATE: Don’t miss the comments. BWah-hahaha
There was another earthquake in North Texas last night–2.2M. Same area. Event Page
11-23-13 Another earthquake, 2,9M, Saturday morning. Event Page
11.25.13 Sleeping neighbors got a jolt this morning by a 3.3M Event Page – new cracks forming in brick and stairs.