Article by Frank Ramos | December 14, 2012 | Save the Water TM
The University of Texas study released in February of this year which found that there was no link between fracking and water contamination, does not meet the contemporary scientific standards due to a conflict of interest.
The head of the study and co-author Charles G. Groat received $413,000 in cash and stock .
The Energy Institute researched hydraulic fracturing and water contamination. Charles G. Groat who was the head of the study did not reveal he was on the board of Plains Exploration and Production Co. and had received $413,000 in cash and stock from the company in 2011 .
On Friday Dec. 7, 2012, a review panel stated in a report that Charles Groat’s failure to disclose this was a “principal shortcoming” in the research study and report because it could have placed into question the credibility of the study . The review panel sated the research “fell short of contemporary standards for scientific work.”
Mr. Groat retired last month and on Monday Dec. 3, 2012, the Energy Institute’s director resigned.
The original report, titled “Fact-Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in the Shale Gas Development,” can be viewed by clicking on PDF file below.
Original report and article posted Feb. 2012:
Fact-based regulation for environmental protection in shale gas development.
Full Title: Fact-Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development
Author(s): Charles G. Groat, Thomas W. Grimshaw / Publisher(s): The Energy Institute / Publication Date: 2/12 / Length: 144 pages, PDF
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