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University at Buffalo rejects call for transparency at Shale Institute

The controversy surrounding the University at Buffalo’s shale institute continued to grow yesterday, with the university’s administration rebuffing a new coalition’s calls for transparency at the institute. Last month, PAI released a report identifying significant errors and distortions in a … Continue reading

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Frackademics: Timothy Considine – Analyst or Advocate?

Businesses in controversial industries often turn to the academy for evidence exculpating them for the harm that they do, with trade groups funding “scholarly” reports claiming that their products and business practices are safe for the public. In much the … Continue reading

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New York Times Covers UB Shale Institute Controversy

The New York Times published an article today on the growing controversy surrounding the UB Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) report on horizontal hydraulic fracturing, which was sparked in part by PAI’s analysis of the report. From the article: … Continue reading

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UB Shale Institute Story Continues to Develop

PAI’s analysis of the University at Buffalo Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) report on fracking’s environmental impacts has been covered in a number of media outlets since its release two weeks ago, and the report’s lead author, the University, … Continue reading

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UB Pulls SRSI Website (updated)

The University at Buffalo Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI), the subject of the analysis we released yesterday, has password-protected its website as of this morning. Notably, the SUNY Fredonia Shale Resources Institute also pulled its website recently after negative … Continue reading

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New Report: UB’s Shale Play

Today PAI released an analysis of the University at Buffalo Shale Resources and Society Institute report “Environmental Impacts During Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling.” The UB report claimed that fracking is becoming less environmentally risky, based on a review of Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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New Report: The Great National Fuel Tax Dodge

We released a new report today on tax dodging by National Fuel Gas, Buffalo’s gas utility, showing that the company has dodged over $400 million in state and federal income taxes over the past three years. National Fuel Go here … Continue reading

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