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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

University at Buffalo Now Completely Backing Away From Shale Impact Study

We've previously referenced the report by the University at Buffalo which looked at the environmental impact of shale development both here and here.

Now, the latest from the Washington Times:
Faced with mounting criticism, the State University of New York at Buffalo is distancing itself from a Marcellus Shale gas-drilling study released earlier this month by the school’s own Shale Resources and Society Institute. 
But the report’s lead author is defending the work by the fledgling institute, saying Monday that it’s being mischaracterized by environmental activists who oppose any additional domestic fossil-fuel production. 
“I stand by the work,” said Timothy ConsidineUniversity of Wyoming professor and one of three researchers who penned the institute’s survey, adding that he and his colleagues aren’t at all surprised by the green backlash it has generated. 
“This whole debate [about fracking] has been so polarized,” he said. 
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.
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