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Professor launches legal challenge on fracking ban


(TheFerret) #1




The University of Glasgow is facing legal action for withdrawing online access from a geology professor because he was critical of fracking. David Smythe, a prominent critic of the industry drive to frack underground shale gas, is today launching an appeal to fund court action to force university authorities to restore his email address and…


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(TheFerret) #2

The National has also covered this story.

A spokesman for the University of Glasgow said: “Professor Smythe’s email access was terminated earlier this year, as part of a routine review of email accounts in the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences. Professor Smythe left the University in 1998 and, while he retains the title of emeritus professor, he has no continuing practical association with the work of the University.”


(Rob Edwards) #3

Update: Professor Smythe has passed his initial target and raised £10,000. He is now aiming for up to £25,000 to help cover the legal costs of challenging the University of Glasgow.