Quick, what’s the connection between SUNY and hydrofracking?
The study in May claimed that the state’s proposed regulations for fracking would curb many of the environmental impacts experienced in Pennsylvania. The report was criticized for using researchers who had done previous industry-funded reports that supported fracking.
Now the group New Yorkers Against Fracking will protest outside the SUNY Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday in Albany at 12:30 p.m.
“In the wake of University of Buffalo professors questioning the independence of the Institute, a report detailing errors in a report issued by the University of Buffalo Shale Resources and Society Institute, and news accounts that detail that the authors’ ties to the oil and gas industry were not appropriately disclosed, students and anti-fracking activists are pushing SUNY to stop supporting the University of Buffalo Shale Resources and Society Institute,” the group’s news release said.
The study has faced a number of challenges since its release, including it losing its “peer review” status and being criticized by the Public Accountability Initiative.