New York Post Fracking Editorial Leaves Out Key FactsJul 26, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
The New York Post really likes fracking, and its editors really want Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York, to lift restrictions on the controversial natural gas drilling process as quickly as possible. In its editorial "Just the Fracks” the Post praises the "notable economic rewards that may be possible from fracking."
The Post is really excited about a study recently released by Penn State University researchers that touted the purported economic benefits of the ongoing hydraulic fracturing boom in Pennsylvania. According to the Post editorial, the study found that Pennsylvania “will reap a $12.8 billion bonanza this year from drilling. The spike in activity has helped create nearly 140,000 jobs, both inside and outside the industry."
According to the Post, New York's southern tier could also experience that kind of economic boom if Cuomo allows fracking in the Marcellus shale to commence.
But according to a report from Media Matters, the Post left out one important fact about the Penn State study - it was paid for by a drilling industry group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition. That's something the Post editorial writers should have known, as been mentioned by numerous media outlets reporting on the study, and was disclosed by the researchers themselves.
Media Matters also disclosed some interesting facts about two of the Penn State researchers - Timothy J. Considine and Robert Watson. It seems they wrote two other studies on fracking that were also funded by the Marcellus shale coalition. In 2009, they were taken to task by the dean of Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences for failing to disclose the coalitions funding in an initial version of that report.
The New York Post editorial also left out that interesting little fact.