Gallery: University of Texas Fracking Study Discredited Over Researcher...

Locations of oil and gas wells fracked from September 2009 to October 2010

The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has withdrawn a prominent study of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the controversial process used for extraction of natural gas from shale formations. An investigation had revealed that the lead investigator, Charles “Chip” Groat, has financial interests in the natural gas industry, which he did not disclose in his report. In the wake of the investigation, Groat retired from his UT faculty position; Raymond Orbach, director of the Energy Institute at UT, which conducted the study, has resigned as well.

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1 Comment

  1. JanelTrisha May 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    This Groat fellow is something else. I think maybe some of us might be taking the saying, “Money makes the world go round.” a little more seriously than we should.

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