Target: University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Goal: Applaud the University’s decision to close its shale-gas research institute after it surfaced that the institute’s research was being influenced by the natural gas industry.
The University at Buffalo recently made the decision to close its new research institute after it surfaced that the shale-gas institute had corrupt ties with the natural gas industry that were affecting the research being conducted there. Applaud the University’s decision to distance itself from corruption.
Shale-gas drilling and the effects of horizontal drilling and fracking for natural gas have been under review by the Department of Environmental Conservation since 2008. The Shale Resources and Society Institute of the University at Buffalo recently published a report stating that new regulations in Pennsylvania and New York would be sufficient in preventing serious negative environmental impacts from drilling and fracking. This report was in direct opposition with several other research works and the findings of environmental groups in the area, which called into question the institutes relationship with the industry.
By deciding to close the institute as a result of its ties with the industry, the University at Buffalo has perhaps been able to avoid permanent damage to the University’s reputation and its past and future scientific research. The University has certainly shown that it will not stand behind deceit and corruption and for this we applaud their actions.
Dear University at Buffalo,
We would like to applaud your decision to close the new shale-gas research institute as a result of ties with the natural gas industry that affected the research conducted there. These ties had the potential to tarnish the reputation of the University of Buffalo as a research institute and perhaps by closing the institute you can salvage the University at Buffalo’s name.
By closing the institute you have effectively protected the high standards of education at your University as well as the integrity of your past and future scientific research. By distancing yourself from corrupt research you made the tough call to bring media attention to the scandal, but under your own terms as the one in charge of the close.
[Your Name Here]
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