Emeritus Professor of Geophysics and Honory Research Fellow David Smythe continues to fight his corner determined that the corporate lobbying of Glasgow University shall not deny his access to academic datatbases, library and other facilities. Represented at a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court on 16th June Prof. Smythe now has some access restored to the University and we hope that full access is granted soon. So who might those corporate lobbyists be? Well in a distinguished academic career Smythe has been critical of Cuadrilla, IGas, Dart Energy and Celtique Energy and a number of them have close links to the university.
Smythe is particularly concerned that groundwater in the UK is under threat from contamination by fracking due to the complex and faulted geology.
Prof. Smythe wrote a damning report for Bassetlaw Against Fracking on the dangers of fracking at Springs Road, postulating that contaminated water from a frack might reach shallow potable water resources through faulting. IGas disagreed with Smythe’s conclusion and we have to hope that in this case Prof. Smythe got it all wrong.
We wish Prof. Smythe well in his legal challenge to what on the face of it appears to be some underhanded goings on at the otherwise well respected centre of academic excellence.
Pictured above with David Larder, Professor Smythe at IGas/Dart Energy Tinker Lane well site in 2016.