Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Is oil industry funding of a fracking study a problem? Let’s ask an oil-funded expert

fracking-304x450NEW YORK, NY — “The New York Times had a report yesterday (9/18/13) on a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on methane releases associated with natural gas fracking. The study, Times reporter Michael Wines writes, ‘bolsters the contention by advocates of fracking–and some environmental groups as well–that shale gas is cleaner and better than coal, at least until more renewable-energy sources are developed.’

Wines was upfront about the fact that the study was backed by energy companies with a financial stake in its results. But he suggested that that really wasn’t such a big problem…

So non-industry-funded studies have consistently found much higher rates of methane release, and there’s reason to believe that those results are more comprehensive. That’s kind of a red flag, wouldn’t you say? Or maybe you wouldn’t–if your salary depends in part on the generosity of Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Shell.”

— Jim Naureckas, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting

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