The important thing is that the comments should be:
So, who am I?
I am the Professor of Petrophysics at Leeds University, UK. Petrophysics is the study of the physical properties of rocks - porosity, permeability, fluid content and so on, and it is used in the oil industry, but also in geothermal, water resources, remediation of pollution in the ground, safe storage of toxic and radioactive wastes, mechanisms that cause earthquakes to occur, volcanoes to erupt, and so on. I feel that I am well qualified to comment in a scientific and balanced way on the Earth and Environmental aspects of shale gas, particularly as I have supervised research students studying it, and have made numerous presentations to groups on the subject.
In addition I have an unsalaried advisory post with a Canadian oil and gas company that has been interested in shale gas in the past. That probably makes me unique - an unbiased scientist with an insight into how the industry thinks and works.
The plan is to write short informative articles about contentious aspects of shale gas in the UK.
My initial list of titles is as follows, but will no doubt be expanded, and will appear in no particular order.
Fracking can and will contaminate aquifers
Fracking can and will cause earthquakes
Fracking uses too much water
Fracking fluids are dangerously toxic
Fracking fluids cannot be recycled in an environmentally responsible fashion
Fracked shale gas wells will pepper the countryside with unsightly eyesores
The development of fracked wells will overload road access with heavy goods vehicles
There is insufficient regulation for fracking to be carried out safely in the UK
Shale gas is better for the environment than other forms of energy
Shale gas exploitation will provide jobs and stimulate the economy
Shale gas exploitation has to be started now if we are to reap its benefits