Penn State University professors won't be part of an industry-funded study this year on the economic impact of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, an undertaking the school was criticized for in the past.
Michael Arthur, a professor in the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, said the school can't have its name on the project now because no active Penn State faculty member is involved with the research.
The Marcellus Shale Coalition, a natural gas industry group, said in a statement that there's less need for such reports now, given the "wide-ranging, readily available government data related to Marcellus Shale production rates and the industry's economic impact."
The report was first released in 2009, and then updated in each of the next two years. The first publication didn't disclose the industry funding. After criticism for the omission, the school corrected it. Many major universities accept industry funds for research projects, but the accepted practice is to disclose fund sources.