“Frackademics” – Appendix: Information sources for case study diagrams

Appendix: Information sources for case study diagrams

This appendix lists the primary information sources used to construct the diagrams which outline the mapped relationships which form the basis of this report. Where later diagrams repeat source information (e.g. references to NERC’s CDT), these are not repeated.


1. University Fossil Fuel Funding Sources and the NERC ‘Centre for Doctoral Training’ (CDT) in Oil and Gas


2. Academic Involvement in Major Shale Gas Studies

◦      Report – https://royalsociety.org/policy/projects/shale-gas-extraction/report/

◦      Working group – https://royalsociety.org/policy/projects/shale-gas-extraction/working-group

◦      Consultation – https://royalsociety.org/~/media/policy/projects/shale-gas-extraction/2012-10-26-shale-gas-consultations.zip

◦      Background info. – http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/resources/PanelUnconventionalOilGas


3. DECC Shale Climate Impacts Study


4. The Science Media Centre and the “Seeding” of Shale Energy Articles

◦    26/1/15Expert reaction to new report on fracking by the Environmental Audit Committee, SMC, January 26th 2015 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-new-report-on-fracking-by-the-environmental-audit-committee/ Seeded article –

▫     Fracking: MPs demanding ban ‘listened to ill-informed green groups not science’, Emily Gosden, Telegraph On-line, 26th January 2015 – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/fracking/11368632/Fracking-MPs-demanding-ban-listened-to-green-campaigners-not-science.html

◦    30/10/14Expert reaction to study of air pollution around oil and gas wells in the US, SMC, October 30th 2014 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-study-of-air-pollution-around-oil-and-gas-wells-in-the-us/ Seeded articles –

▫     Fracking emits more formaldehyde than medical students experience from dead bodies, Sarah Knapton, Telegraph On-line, 30th October 2014 – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/fracking/11196238/Fracking-emits-more-formaldehyde-than-medical-students-experience-from-dead-bodies.html

▫     ‘Dangerously high’ levels of airborne carcinogens found at US fracking sites, Steve Connor, Independent On-line, Thursday 30th October 2014 – http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/dangerously-high-levels-of-airborne-carcinogens-found-at-us-fracking-sites-9826586.html

◦    15/9/14Expert reaction to new study of groundwater contamination above shale gas fields, SMC, September 15th 2014 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-new-study-of-groundwater-contamination-above-shale-gas-fields/ Seeded article –

▫     Weak wells not fracking caused US gas leaks into water, Matt McGrath, BBC News, 15th September 2014 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29206704

◦    31/10/13Expert reaction to PHE report on shale gas and public health, SMC, October 31st 2013 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-phe-report-on-shale-gas-and-public-health/ Seeded article –

▫     Shale Gas: Radioactive Radon Risk In Homes, Sky News, Thursday 31st October 2013 – http://news.sky.com/story/1162175/shale-gas-radioactive-radon-risk-in-homes

◦    9/9/13Shale gas and fracking, SMC, September 9th 2013 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/shale-gas-and-fracking-4/ Seeded article –

▫     News analysis: Fracking protestors should find their focus, Mark Venables, Engineering and Technology, 16th September 2013 – http://eandt.theiet.org/magazine/2013/09/analysis.cfm

◦    27/6/13Expert reaction to the news that shale gas reserves in Lancashire and Yorkshire are greater than previously thought, SMC, June 27th 2013 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-the-news-that-shale-gas-reserves-in-lancashire-and-yorkshire-are-greater-than-previously-thought/ Seeded article –

▫     UK shale gas survey confirms huge reserves, Will Nichols and Jessica Shankleman, Business Green, 27th June 2013 – http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2277981/uk-shale-gas-survey-confirms-huge-reserves

◦    13/12/12Expert reaction to resumption of fracking in the UK, SMC, December 13th 2012 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-resumption-of-fracking-in-the-uk/ Quoted –

▫     Shale gas and fracking: examining the evidence, Gwen Harrison, Stuart Parkinson and Gary McFarlane, Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH),July 2014 – http://www.frackfreebalcombe.co.uk/page125.php

◦    28/6/12Is it safe to proceed with fracking in the UK?, SMC, June 28th 2012 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/is-it-safe-to-proceed-with-fracking-in-the-uk-3/ Seeded articles –

▫     UK fracking should be expanded, but better regulated, says report, Fiona Harvey, Guardian On-line, 29th June 2012 – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jun/29/shale-gas-fracking-expanded-regulated

▫     ‘Fracking’ safe with strong regulation, report says, Richard Black, BBC News, 29th June 2012 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18611647

◦    17/4/12Expert reaction to independent report into fracking, SMC, April 17th 2012 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-independent-report-into-fracking-2/ Seeded articles –

▫     Gas ‘fracking’ gets green light, Fiona Harvey, Guardian On-line Tuesday 17th April 2012 – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/apr/17/gas-fracking-gets-green-light

▫     Fracking: drilling method ‘to be extended’ despite causing Blackpool earthquakes, Nick Collins, Telegraph On-line, 17th April 2012 – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/9206898/Fracking-drilling-method-to-be-extended-despite-causing-Blackpool-earthquakes.html

▫     Cautious go-ahead for fracking, Pilita Clark, FT, 17th April 2012 – http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8027fe0a-87ee-11e1-b1ea-00144feab49a.html

▫     Fracking for gas allowed in UK despite earthquakes, Michael McCarthy, Independent On-line, Tuesday 17th April 2012 – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fracking-for-gas-allowed-in-uk-despite-earthquakes-7648265.html

▫     See also SMC’s case review

◦    16/4/12Independent scientific report to DECC on fracking and earthquakes near Blackpool, SMC, April 16th 2012 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/independent-scientific-report-to-decc-on-fracking-and-earthquakes-near-blackpool/

▫     See SMC’s case review

◦    10/1/12Shale gas and fracking, SMC, January 10th 2012 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/shale-gas-and-fracking/

▫     Fracking water pollution in Lancashire ‘extremely unlikely’, BBC News, 10th January 2012 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-16494766

▫     U.K. Shale Drilling Won’t Start Dangerous Earthquakes, Kari Lundgren, Bloomberg News, 12th January 2012 – http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-12/u-k-shale-drilling-won-t-start-dangerous-earthquakes.html

◦    2/11/11Expert reaction to Cuadrilla’s report into fracking and earthquakes, SMC, November 2nd 2011 – http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-cuadrillas-report-into-fracking-and-earthquakes-2/ Seeded article –

▫     Fracking-induced tremors are ‘extremely rare’, says report, Stephen Harris, The Engineer, 3rd November 2011 – http://www.theengineer.co.uk/news/news-analysis/fracking-induced-tremors-are-extremely-rare-says-report/1010791.article


5. Guardian ‘Open Letter’ From Academics, June 2014


6. Interrelationship between the APPG on Unconventional Gas & Oil and The Shale Energy Task Force


Case study 1: University funding and NERC’s CDT for Oil and Gas

Case study 2: Academic involvement in major shale gas studies

Case study 3: The Mackay-Stone shale gas climate impacts study

Case study 4: The Science Media Centre and the ‘seeding’ of articles

Case study 5: Guardian ‘open letter’ from academics

Case study 6: The interrelationship between the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Gas and Oil and The Task Force on Shale Gas

Appendix: Information sources for case study diagrams


This report has been commissioned by Talk Fracking

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