A couple of weeks ago a study was released by the University at Buffalo finding that with proper regulations, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can be done safely. This was an independent study that was not funded by any industry groups. Now, according to the Washington Times, the university is under fire from those opposed to fracking.
Released earlier this month, the report concludes that Pennsylvania regulators have done an effective job cutting down on environmental incidents within the state’s burgeoning natural-gas industry, a sector driven almost entirelyby hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial practice of using water, sand and chemicals to crack deep underground rock and release huge quantities of natural gas.
Its authors, including SUNY-Buffalo employee and institute Director John P. Martin, have come under increasing fire from critics who say they’ve spun figures from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection in order to cast a favorable light on fracking and the companies that employ it.
Now, the university is now running away from the study, the first significant work produced by the institute, the formation of which was announced April 5.
“The findings presented in a recent report produced by the Shale Resources and Society Institute are the work of the authors, and any conclusions drawn are their views, not the views of the institution,” the school said in a statement Friday night. “Some criticisms of the authors’ conclusions have been raised. [The university] will examine all relevant concerns, in accordance with the university’s strong commitment to academic and research excellence.”
Read the whole thing. The Dryden Safe Energy Coalition does a pretty decent job of keeping up with the latest news on fracking in NY. It would really be a boon for the state by bringing in much needed jobs and revenue. But quite a few towns have passed bans, and a number of lawsuits are mucking things up, thanks to the environmentalists fighting it every step of the way. Is it any wonder that millions of New Yorkers flee to other states?