Debunking Environment Texas’ Flimsy Anti-Fracking UT Lands Report

The anti-fracking group Environment Texas teamed up with Frontier Group this week to publish an inaccurate and misleading report alleging environmental harms from energy development on lands owned by the University of Texas (UT). A spokeswoman for Environment Texas said UT “has a particular responsibility to protect Texas’ environment,” suggesting that existing oversight of oil and gas development on UT’s lands is inadequate and – surprise! – more regulation is needed.

Read the full article here: http://energyindepth.org/texas/debunking-environment-texas-anti-fracking-ut-lands-report/

The key takeaways:

  • ET’s report is nothing more than a repackaging of the same dubious anti-drilling talking points that greens have been using for years.
    • One of the group’s self-described “limitations” was that their estimates “may not accurately reflect emissions from fracked shale wells that primarily produce oil rather than gas.”
  • Oil and gas revenue from these lands go into the Permanent University Fund, which has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems.