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frackademia (fræk・ə・di・mi・ə) n. The complex of oil-and-gas-allied academics, think tanks, consulting firms, and public relations shops producing misleading and flawed research to win public and political support for hydraulic fracturing. Beginning in 2012, PAI has compiled and released a large … Continue reading

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PAI statement on Energy in Depth’s response to “Frackademia in Depth”

For the amount of money the oil and gas industry pays FTI Consulting to run its Energy in Depth campaign, the quality of work it gets in return is remarkably poor. PAI’s latest report, released last week, examined a list … Continue reading

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Conflicts of interest in new fracking emissions study

A new study of the methane emissions associated with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, is being published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study claims that methane emissions associated with fracking are 0.42% … Continue reading

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New disclosures raise more questions about Obama’s Energy pick

Recently-released financial disclosures are shedding additional light on the severity of conflicts of interest surrounding an influential MIT natural gas study led by Ernest Moniz, President Obama’s choice to lead the Department of Energy. The Public Accountability Initiative first raised … Continue reading

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Frackademics: Shale Institute’s Jacobi hired to do seismic study for DEC

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has chosen Robert Jacobi, a University at Buffalo geologist with ties to the natural gas industry, to study the link between fracking and earthquakes, a DEC spokeswoman told Bloomberg‘s Jim Esftathiou, Jr. Jacobi, who … Continue reading

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University of Texas reviewers blast fracking report and recommend its withdrawal

The panel chosen by the University of Texas to assess a study on fracking issued by the university’s Energy Institute has released its review, finding the study “falls short of the generally accepted rigor required for the publication of scientific work” … Continue reading

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PAI Statement on UB’s Closing of Shale Institute

Statement of Kevin Connor, director of the Public Accountability Initiative (PAI) on the closing of UB’s Shale Resources and Society Institute* The University at Buffalo took an important stand for principles of academic integrity and transparency with its decision to … Continue reading

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