A colleague of mine had a conversation with Louis Lapierre a few months ago – right after he did what he thought was a thorough and thoughtful review of the shale gas sector and came out with recommendations on how the industry could be developed and environmental impacts minimized. In that conversation, Lapierre was somewhat surprised at how his colleagues had reacted with indignation to his position on shale gas. He told his colleague, supposedly, that he was glad he was nearing retirement because his professional reputation had been hammered.
Maybe he was prescient but I thought about this when I read about his fudging his Phd credentials. That indiscretion laid dormant for 40 years until he had the temerity to actually come out with a limited support for shale gas development.
Of course he did the right thing. That kind of thing is completely inappropriate and stepping down from his various positions was his only option.
But it is a warning shot across the bow of anyone that takes a ‘contrarian’ view on shale gas development in this province.
A number of geologists from UNB have come out with limited support for shale gas development. Not sure if that faculty has different standards but anyone looking to run the province’s energy institute better have zero skeletons in their closet.
Those that support shale gas do so in a very tepid way “we support it if…….”. Many groups just avoid it all together. Most politicians are negative.
But those that are against shale gas are anything but tepid. Many of them are zealots and they are coming for you if you even raise your hand slightly above the fray on this industry.