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Professor Fails to Disclose Ties to Oil and Gas Industry in Fracking Report

January 4th, 2013

According to an article in the Houston Business Journal, the University of Texas at Austin said that it accepts the findings of an independent review criticizing the school’s hydraulic fracturing study and will institute the review’s recommendations. Hydraulic fracking is a process in which a mixture of chemicals, water, and sand are pumped into the earth’s crust in order to help free trapped natural gas and oil. The process has been accused of being the cause of both water contamination and earth quakes.

Sources say that the study reported that fracking does not contaminate groundwater, but this contention came under fire when it was found that the principal investigator, UT professor Charles Groat, had not disclosed his close connections with the fracking industry. Reportedly, Groat is also a director at Houston-based Plains Exploration & Production Co. which drills and does hydraulic fracturing in Texas. Sources say the University of Texas has taken the report of the independent panel very seriously. Further, sources say that two UT facility members associated with the fracking study are no longer in their respective positions.

The full article can be found at the following link: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2012/12/university-of-texas-making-changes-in.html

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