Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Conflict of Interests? Not a Fracking Chance

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Conflict of Interests? Not a Fracking Chance

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A University of Glasgow academic who criticised the institution's decision to divest from fossil fuels has dismissed claims that he should have declared his financial interest in an energy company in a recent paper on fracking.

Paul Younger, Rankine chair of engineering and professor of energy engineering at the university, was one of a number of academics who criticised Glasgow for its landmark decision, claiming that it could jeopardise the institution's credibility.

Earlier this month, he co-authored a paper in the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology that called for more relaxed regulations on shale gas extraction and claimed that the risks of serious earthquakes being caused were lower than previously feared.

Professor Younger is also co-founder and non-executive director of Five-Quarter, a Newcastle University spin-off company that, while not active in fracking, specialises in the extraction of "unconventional gas" from layers of carbonaceous rocks beneath the North Sea. The position is unpaid, but Professor Younger confirmed that he holds 2 million shares in the company.

Andrew Taylor, Fossil Free campaign manager at pressure group People & Planet, said that when individual researchers stood to "gain financially" from the fossil fuel industry, there was a "clear conflict of interest". …

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