The battle between Duke University researchers and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection just intensified...again. Secretary Krancer recently attacked research done by Professors Jackson and Vengosh in testimony delivered to Congress, and today Professors Jackson and Vengosh issued a public challenge to Secretary Krancer to cooperate on follow-up research in a piece published in the Philadelphia Inquirer at http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20111202_DEP__Protecting_water_or_gas_.html.
The original Duke Study has both value and flaws, and the researchers made a mistake in publishing an op-ed when the study was released that focused on their personal energy policy recommendations. Inevitably such policy recommendations take the spotlight from the research to an agenda. See my comments on May 9, 2011 when the study was issued at http://johnhanger.blogspot.com/2011/05/comments-on-duke-university-study.html. But Professors Jackson and Vengosh call for follow-up research is exactly what should happen.
I hope the Pennsylvania DEP and Professors Jackson and Vengosh stop battling and provide the public with good, credible information. Doing so would be good for everyone and is vital to informing the discussion and making better decisions.