Fracking Industry Distorts Science To Deceive Public And Policymakers, Says Watchdog Group

February 21, 2015 12:30 PM

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Fracking Industry Distorts Science To Deceive Public And Policymakers, Says Watchdog Group

The oil and gas industry sponsors and spins research to shape the scientific debate over horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That's the conclusion of a watchdog group's analysis of more than 130 documents distributed to policymakers by industry representatives.

"Research and statistics can be manipulated to say whatever the person using them wants to say," said Robert Galbraith, an analyst with the nonprofit Public Accountability Initiative and co-author of the report released on Wednesday. Public Accountability Initiative, which describes itself as a non-...

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