“Shale Country” is owned by the “Clean Skies Foundation“ a fracking lobbying group formed by Aubrey McClendon. So Syracuse University Prof. Don Siegel is basically acting as a frak flak for Aubrey McClendon. Imagine that. . .
Student ratings of Siegel as a Rocks For Jocks professor may be indicative of his expertise:
His recent Letter to the Editor is pure gaseous spin. He castigates the editors of the Times Union for calling for an extension of the moratorium on shale gas industrialization. Siegel implies that the fact that shale gas industrialization is allowed in 29 states is “scientific evidence” that it is safe. But he offers no peer reviewed studies of his own to indicate that shale gas wells are not excellent ways of contaminating aquifers and ground water by venting methane up the well bore. This denial of the evidence is the industry line, even though industry service companies sell services to try to prevent gas wells from venting into groundwater. New York’s DEC has gone out of its way to ignore the science on the matter – for decades, not just in the last few years. The purpose of the moratorium extension is to compel the DEC to once and for all address the science of air and water pollution problems of shale gas industrialization. With scientific studies like this one: