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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
2 Key Problems for Fracking Research: Not Enough Disclosure, Not Enough Financing
The Chronicle of Higher Education May 13, 2015
Several Pennsylvania State University researchers contributed to a recent research project that linked hydraulic fracturing to drinking-water contamination. A Syracuse University scientist in a different study of the oil-recovery technique came to the opposite conclusion.
A common thread between the two studies came to light this week, however: Both were brought into question by failures to fully disclose the outside financial interests that could have had an interest in swaying their conclusions.