Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
The Philanthropy Roundtable website has published a superb analysis of the Park Foundation and its multi-leveled astroturf campaign against shale gas. Jim Willis summarizes.
For years MDN (and others) have written about the shadowy Park Foundation, a supposedly philanthropic non-profit with offices in Ithaca, NY, as behind some of the most insidious and frankly false “research” that attempts to smear the miracle of hydraulic fracturing.
A new article in the summer issue of Philanthropy magazine lays bare the collusion that exists between the Park Foundation and researchers at once-storied institutions like Cornell University. In fact, Park is the funder of many anti-shale groups, including Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, and more than 50 large and small anti-gas groups. Park has woven a clever web of bought-and-paid for “researchers” and “reporters” at both big and small media outlets to develop and then plant false stories about shale gas.