2 leave af­ter panel’s probe

In­sti­tute head re­signs and pro­fes­sor retires; UT ac­cepts crit­i­cism.

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The Univer­sity of Texas an­nounced Thurs­day that the head of its En­ergy In­sti­tute re­signed and a prom­i­nent UT pro­fes­sor re­tired fol­low­ing find­ings by an in­de­pen­dent panel that ex­co­ri­ated the univer­sity and the pro­fes­sor over con­flicts of in­ter­est in­volv­ing a con­tro­ver­sial report on nat­u­ral gas ex­plo­ration.

The panel rec­om­mended that the orig­i­nal report, “Fact­Based Reg­u­la­tion for En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion in Shale Gas Devel­op­ment,” which was re­leased in Fe­bru­ary, be with­drawn by the univer­sity.

UT said Thurs­day that the report’s prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor, pro­fes­sor Charles Groat, re­tired effiec­tive Nov. 30. Ray Or­bach, the head of the En­ergy In­sti­tute, submitted his res­ig­na­tion as the in­sti­tute’s head effiec­tive Dec. 31. Or­bach, who didn’t di­rectly over­see the report, will re­main on the


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