Updated: Friday, 15 Mar 2013, 7:27 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 15 Mar 2013, 7:27 PM EDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee wants to allow hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas on a state-owned tract of rolling woodland.
That raises the hackles of environmentalists who question its stated goal of raising funds to research the environmental impact of such drilling.
"Fracking" is an increasingly popular and lucrative method for energy companies to remove gas or oil from underground rock using liquids introduced under pressure.
Other universities that have studied fracking have faced criticism about their scientific findings after it became known that researchers had ties to the energy industry.
The University of Texas recently said it would appoint outside experts to review that school's Energy Institute. That's after the institute reported on environmental effects from gas without disclosing that an energy company had paid the lead researcher.