Sierra Club Working to Prevent University From Doing Fracking Research

From the Knoxville News Sentinel:
Nearly 600 students, alumni and employees of University of Tennessee campuses have signed a petition protesting a plan to partner with an oil and gas company to conduct research on hydraulic fracturing.
Two UT-Chattanooga professors started the petition two weeks ago on, a website that allows anyone to create and sign a petition. The duo has spread the word through social media and environmental groups about the University of Tennessee proposal, and they aim to slow down the state approval process to allow for more scrutiny.
“We’re not against it absolutely, but the study needs to be much more properly laid out, and the university owes it to the faculty to let us know about this,” said Henry Spratt, a biology professor who also sits on the board of the Tennessee Clean Water Network and is a member of the local Sierra Club. Spratt drafted the petition with Joe Wilferth, head of the English Department at UT-Chattanooga, and both are concerned about the integrity of the research and the potential environmental impacts of the study itself.
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