This week there was a presentation at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on the impacts, or lack of impacts, on animals as a result of natural gas development. The event was hosted by the Wilkes University Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) , which has typically done a good job of maintaining a balanced, unbiased approach in their research on Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania. The speakers for this particular event, Dr. Robert Oswald and Dr. Michelle Bamberger (husband and wife) were hardly up to the Wilkes standard as they presented their research with an obvious bias and anti-natural gas agenda.
Nonetheless, this is a topic cropping up frequently lately, so it was useful of the IEER to offer an opportunity for the community to discuss it. We certainly don’t hold Wilkes responsible for what comes out of Ithaca, the seeming origin of all anti-energy species, but we can’t let the anecdotal speculation of two advocates go unchallenged. The only thing interesting about their presentation was the stunning lack of numbers connected with their research. They say their work was peer-reviewed but it looked very poorly vetted to Rachael! She's not alone either, some pretty influential international scientists say the same thing.