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The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association has elected Santos chief David Knox as chairman and signalled a push to drive its public relations.
The Australian reports today new APPEA chief executive David Byers said the increased scrutiny on coal seam gas operations meant the association needed a higher public profile.
Knox’s stronger media presence will replace former Western Australia-based Eric Streitberg in the role.
The management shakeup is the latest move toward public engagement by the APPEA, and follows the launch of its We Want CSG campaign.
The APPEA’s eastern Australia chief operating officer Rick Wilkinson, former Santos Queensland chief executive, has also been heavily representing the industry’s views in the CSG heavy eastern states.
After the website’s launch the APPEA quickly released a statement slamming the ABC for “embarrassing” reporting on the topic “riddled with factual errors”.
The site sparked a flurry of angry tweets from Wilkinson, who yesterday accused the ABC of bias in its CSG coverage.
An ABC spokesperson previously told The Australian if the website needed any corrections they would be made.