"University of Texas to Withdraw Fracking Study"

"The University of Texas said today that it has accepted the findings of a damning independent review of the preparation of a report on potential impacts of shale gas drilling by the school’s Energy Institute. The school said it will undertake six recommended actions, the most significant being the withdrawal of papers from the Energy Institute’s Web site related to the report until they are submitted for fresh expert review."

"In its news release, the university said that the lead investigator, Professor Chip Groat, retired last month and the institute’s director, Raymond Orbach, resigned. [*There's more from the StateImpact Texas reporting project here.]

The independent review, by a trio of noted science administrators and scholars, expressly did not examine the quality of the study’s findings, but focused on issues related to its creation — particularly what it deemed to be serious problems with undisclosed financial interests...."

Andrew C. Revkin reports for Dot Earth in the New York Times December 6, 2012.



"Fracking-Study Conflicts Prompt Head of Institute to Quit" (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Pennsylvania: "Profs Decry Deal With Shale Group" (Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Profs Decry Deal With Shale Group" (San Antonio Express-News)

Source: Bloomberg, 12/07/2012