Texas. Sponsors of EDF’s methane emissions work also have industry ties and deserve criticalscrutiny.This PAI brief offers preliminary information about each of these issues.
I. Undisclosed Conflict of Interest & Possible Violation of
Policya. Authors & Industry Ties
article states that “The authors declare no conflict of interest,” but at least one author appears to have a significant financial conflict of interest:
is currently asenior consulting engineer at Barree & Associates, a petroleum engineering firm which offers“consulting services for companies worldwide, specializing in stimulation and well performanceoptimization.” The firm offers fracturing related services, including “performance optimization,”
“horizontal well stimulation design,” and “fluid and proppant selection.”
Miskimins joined the firm in 2012, prior to the completion and submission of the study, but her affiliation is listed only as “Department of Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines” in
. According to LinkedIn, her associate professorship at the school was not current as of 2012.
At the Colorado School of Mines, Miskimins was the director of the Fracturing AcidizingStimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium from 2004 until joining Barree & Associates.(Miskimins still has a Colorado School of Mines website that lists her as the FAST Consortiumdirector). The FAST Consortium is a joint industry and university research center focused on oiland gas well stimulation. Membership in the consortium costs $15,000 plus an unspecified
initial buy-in, according to Miskimins’s bio, for which companies receive “access to all FASTConsortium project results through annual meetings and executive style reports.” Member
companies come from all oil and gas industry sectors and include Anadarko Petrolum, BGGroup, Barree & Associates, Encana Oil & Gas, and Shell.
Other authors also have industry ties, though Miskimins’ industry connection is the mostsignificant on its face. According to University of Texas conflict of interest disclosure formswhich PAI obtained through a freedom of information request, lead author
David T. Allen
reportssome industry compensation, including travel sponsored by ExxonMobil, apparently to advise it