UPDATE… here is the UT system email addresses in case you want to also write them…
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Wed, August 8, 2012 2:38:37 PM
Subject: Dr Groat needs a reprimand on fracturing study nondisclosure and for rushing the oversight portionClearly the subject of if our water supplies are at risk or not is important enough for the head of a fracturing study to disclose any conflicts of
interest. I read that he rushed the piece on if any federal or state oversight is needed which definately shows his bias and allegiance to having the industry get special treatment possibly to the detriment of our future drinking supplies.
Please send a clear message and remove him from any affliation to your university.
There was to be a second part to this study, can you forward my email to whomever can add me to the list of interested parties when those results are available?
——————————————————————————————————This KUT interview is of two Texas Railroad commissioners, one who has recently resigned to pursue a senate seat. They are responding to the December 2011 press release from the EPA who did a three year study that found fracking chemicals ARE associated with hydraulic fracturing in water supplies.Also in this interview is Dr. Chip Groat. He leads the industry funded study that was released Thursday, February 16th 2012, by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. The conclusion of this study essentially exonerates the fracking process itself in contaminating ground water.Groat age 72 landed the directorship in 2007 of a “….Houston based company called Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP). His total ‘compensation’ package was worth $308,300.00 in 2009, and $493,598.00 in 2008.” http://people.forbes.com/profile/charles-g-groat/64104While Mr Goat’s comments last December were on the preliminary findings of this study, the conclusion of this study goes on to say that “A second project, currently under development, would include a field and laboratory investigation of whether hydrological connectivity exists between water in the units above and below the shale unit being fractured as a result of the fracturing process. As envisioned, the project calls for university researchers to conduct field sampling of hydraulic fracturing fluid, flow-back water, produced water, and water from aquifers and other geologic units within the Barnett Shale.”
See the two citizen comments on this link in response to the audio clip interviews. (http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2011/12/16/fracking-report-reverberates-in-texas/) Both people making these comments have been labeled as emotional, but deserve a good read because there are many “other” concerns related to gas extraction on both sides of drill bit.