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Sunday, 23 November 2014

How the oil and gas lobby throws mud on peer-reviewed research –

How the oil and gas lobby throws mud on peer-reviewed research –

How the oil and gas lobby throws mud on peer-reviewed research









Crikey’s business editor pulls apart a pro-CSG press release that is, to put it politely, a little bit bullshit.







On Tuesday, Southern Cross University announced the
publication of the first peer-reviewed study into fugitive greenhouse
gas emissions from coal seam gas fields in Australia.



Two years ago the university put out its preliminary
findings in the study, which looked at two CSG fields, one in Casino,
New South Wales, and the other in Tara, Queensland. The study was slammed
by industry and government because it identified significant coal-seam
gas leakage in both fields. Martin Ferguson, then the minister for
energy and resources, accused the
two scientists behind the study of being motivated by “short-lived
media opportunities”. The industry complained to the university about
it. 



Now the trail-blazing study
has been peer reviewed. The Australian Petroleum Production &
Exploration Association — a.k.a. ”the voice of Austalia’s oil and gas
industry” — put out this press release.
Crikey’s business editor Paddy Manning pulls it apart. (You can see a larger version of the image here.)












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