After a conflict-of-interest controversy involving a natural gas drilling report that roiled the University of Texas last year, the university has expanded its financial disclosure and peer review policies, according to a letter written this spring by the university provost.
The 2012 report, published by the university’s Energy Institute, had declared in its summary that there was little or no evidence of a direct connection between groundwater contamination and hydraulic fracturing, which involves the injection of water, sand and chemicals to release natural gas from shale formations deep underground.
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