UB reversing positon on fracking study

May 26, 2012

The University at Buffalo is distancing itself from a controversial hydrofracking report recently released by one of the school's affiliates.

The Shale Resources and Society Institute was formed at the school this year as a source for credible information and research regarding shale gas. It's first report, indicating an improvement in the environmental effects of hydrofracking, has been harshly criticized by being funded and directed by industry interests. Other studies show the Institute's results to be false.

UB is claiming that its factions are free to conduct their own research and to present these findings without oversight or review of the university and that the school does not dictate opinions expressed by faculty members.