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Posted on December 10 at 1:06 p.m.

I never met Peter, but he was an inspiration when I started my own company. He will be missed.

On Edhat Founder Peter Sklar Dies

Posted on November 20 at 7:01 p.m.

Yes I can find plenty of academics who were paid by oil and gas companies to claim safety. But there are not "plenty" of academic peer-reviewed papers that claim fracking is safe who do not have ties to the energy industry.

Some of the fracking as safe research came from people like Charles G. Groat who found no groundwater contamination. He was paid $400,000, plus stock options by PXP.

This is what 400K study will buy:

Then there is the SUNY Buffalo report that also shows a lot of safety evidence.

This report cost the industry $6 million in donations to SUNY Buffalo:

The New York Times published an article about this SUNY-Buffalo report in June:

The Atlantic also reported:

Now the Ohio Ethics Commission is investigating a report by three Ohio professors, with ties to the energy institute and wrote a report about the positives of fracking to Ohio.

The Columbia Dispatch reported on this last winter:

On Hooked on Frack?

Posted on November 20 at 2:56 p.m.

Here is an EPA report showing contamination near the town of Pavillion, Wyo. had most likely seeped up from wells and contained at least 10 compounds used in frack fluids.

You can see the entire report by clicking on this link:

On Hooked on Frack?

Posted on November 20 at 2:52 p.m.

Fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted.

Here is the abstract to the scientific, peer reviewed journal, Groundwater:

Before people through around the idea that this article is "dishonest" I would suggest that they take a trip to the library and look up the peer-reviewed scientific research on this topic. This research is available free, low cost, to the public.

If anybody wants a full text pdf of these articles, please email me. I am the author. But please, read the peer-reviewed scientific research on this topic, before embracing the ideas of commentors.

Part of the problem is that people are so quick to embrace knee jerk reactions than to take the time to read the scientific literature. Yes it is boring to read scientific journals and much more fun to mud sling, but this is how we elevate the debate.

On Hooked on Frack?

Posted on November 20 at 2:37 p.m.

From Propublica "The study, conducted by scientists at Duke University and California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and released today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tested drinking water wells and aquifers across Northeastern Pennsylvania. Researchers found that, in some cases, the water had mixed with brine that closely matched brine thought to be from the Marcellus Shale or areas close to it. "

"Still, the brine's presence – and the finding that it moved over thousands of vertical feet -- contradicts the oft-repeated notion that deeply buried rock layers will always seal in material injected underground through drilling, mining, or underground disposal. "

Here is a link to an abstract by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that proves that brine water can indeed show up in underground aquifers.

I am the author and I am not "dishonest." I simply read the scientific research on the topic, and interviewed scientists and regulators. There is a lot of information about fracking as in the peer reviewed academic journals if you are willing to go through the tedious task of reading them.

On Hooked on Frack?

Posted on November 15 at 11:28 p.m.

Here is a two study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences that links fracking to earthquakes in Texas

The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission also links fracking to earthquakes

The peer reviewed journal, Groundwater, recently published an article showing that fracking chemicals can make their way into drinking

On Hooked on Frack?

Posted on June 4 at 4:40 p.m.

This overpopulation as a contribution to poverty is actually not true. It is more of an issue of inept food policy (encourage by the IMF and others). Please read this article about land grabbing in Ethiopia.

Land grabs are detrimental to the health and food security of the Ethiopian children. We need to less of separating parents from their children and more to prevent that kind of policies that cause poverty in the first place.

On Starting a Children’s Home in Ethiopia

Posted on June 4 at 1:02 a.m.

I would be very careful about adoption with a country which has not signed the UN's Hague Agreement (Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption). Please see the U.S. State Department Website for more information. The Hague Agreement agreement provides some basic protections against child trafficking. Please read this CNN article published on Thursday about trafficking investigations in Ethiopia Here is case of an American adoption agency's involvement in child trafficking. I do not doubt that Bentley's have the absolute best intentions, but there are many of us who have investigated and studied international adoption and have concluded that because of Ethiopia's recent trafficking cases and the country's lack of participation with the Hague all international adoptions and funds to charities supporting international adoption in Ethiopia should be halted until the Hague is signed and the U.S. State department gives adoption a green light. I know a number of people who have been victims of child trafficking through international adoption and it has been heart breaking for both the adoptive families, birth families, and the child. If you would like to know more about ethical adoption, please see

On Starting a Children’s Home in Ethiopia

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