Dr James Verdon is a post-doctoral research fellow at Bristol University. He has run a prolific blog, Frack-land, since 2011, under the pseudonym Dr JV, in which he declares: “I am an applied geophysicist based at the University of Bristol, UK. My interests include tight and shale gas, hydraulic fracturing, geomechanics, and carbon capture and storage”. His introductory post states: “To frack or not to frack? That is the question. I intend to find out. On the way I hope to inform, engage and enlighten.” Fair enough, you might say, but in practice most of his postings are very partisan, pro-fracking; not surprising from someone who is funded by the industry. He has also commented in The Guardian under a pseudonym.
I shall comment on some of his postings in later posts. This will be something of a catch-up exercise, since many of these postings of his require rebuttal and correction.