Natural Gas Found in Private Water Wells: How the oil and gas industry is exactly like the tobacco industry.

Gas has been found in at least three water wells in Pennsylvania and state regulators are trying to determine if gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale is to blame.

Did you ever see Thank You for Smoking?

Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is the Vice President of and the chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, a tobacco lobby whose stated purpose is to research the links between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer. Unsurprisingly, the group, funded by cigarette companies, does not find any link between the two.

My Prediction: State regulators won’t find any proof that gas in the water wells was caused by drilling despite the FACT that “a Jan. 1 explosion shattered a cement slab covering one of the wells.”

How Big Tobacco Deals with Adverse Research -- and Researchers
Source: American Journal of Public Health (sub req'd), January 2009

A case study in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health shows the extent to which the tobacco industry works to derail research -- and researchers -- that could adversely affect it. The study examines the experiences of University of California cardiology professor Stanton Glantz, who researches a wide range of tobacco-related topics, from the effects o fsecondhand smoke on the heart, to the reductions in heart attacks observed when smokefree policies are enacted, to how the tobacco industry influences legislation and fights tobacco control programs.

Between 1988 and 1998, the industry quietly worked through third parties to denigrate Glantz to his superiors and publicly portray him as extremist, unqualified or politically motivated. They ran ads against him in major newspapers, paid scientists to write letters to publications discrediting his work and formed front groups to try and create the appearance of a grassroots uprising against his work. They brought several lawsuits against Glantz and his institution, and worked through tobacco-friendly legislators to try and cut off federal funding for his research.

The authors point out how such extreme attacks by industry can influence policymaking and discourage other scientists from doing work that may expose them to similar attacks. They conclude that the support of scientists' employers is crucial to the continued advancement of public health.

Sound familiar?

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Merck for example. Many times doctors are given "research grants" to report on their findings on new drugs. And when there is bad news the companies will seek to suppress it by concocting new trials that are "necessary" to confirm the results.


We are too trusting...and that's an understatement!

Please check our front page where you will see TXSharon's update above this article.


This link is to a follow up for another blockbuster article she posted recently.

Alsoan important eye-opener.


Obama's Inauguration next week is in large measure only the beginning of reversing the recent damage done by Big T and its armies of operatives and politicians who were bought wholesale in the mid-90s.  The Republican revolution and takeover of Congress were in large part financed by, and won on behalf of, Big T. 

The decade's wave of oversight deconstruction, 'deregulation', and the farce of "tort reform" that made capping class-action lawsuits one of the top agenda items by Congress in the Bush regime's first year are all about Big T having come to own much of the right wing and the White House.

I want to get hold of that article since it was brought to my attention this week.  I'm betting that the political forces that targetted Dr. Glantz were allies of, if not the same as, those who put the Bush regime into office.  I don't know, haven't seen the paper yet, but I do know that more like that is on the way.

TXsharon, you are near perfectly correct but would be exactly so, if you change your title by removing the word "Like."

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

Stopping an oil leak can sometimes be frustrating if you don't find and correct the source of the problem. The valve cover gaskets are probably just the symptom of the leak and not the source.

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