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APPEA running scared on CSG

25 November 2011 - The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has been thrown into a panic over the ABC’s new online research project on coal seam gas mining, Australian Greens spokesperson for mining Senator Larissa Waters said today.


“The ABC has pulled together qualitative and much-needed research into the extent and impacts of coal seam gas mining in Australia, and APPEA have responded like schoolyard bullies,” Senator Waters said.

“Firstly Mark Textor of the Crosby Textor Group was sent onto Twitter to denigrate the new site, which he did while failing to reveal he’s a paid lobbyist for APPEA.

“And today we see threats directly from APPEA that they will formally complain to the ABC Managing Director, demanding ‘immediate investigation’ into the website they claim is ‘riddled with factual errors’.

“Australians are getting tired of APPEA’s tantrums and constant attempts to quash any meaningful and comprehensive research into the long term impacts of the risky coal seam gas industry on our land, our water and our environment.”

The ABC’s data journalism project on coal seam gas can be viewed at; www.abc.net.au/coalseamgas

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