APPEA slams ABC’s “embarrassing” CSG reporting

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The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association has slammed an ABC report into coal seam gas as being “riddled with factual errors”.

In a statement released last week the APPEA said the ABC’s Coal Seam Gas: By the Numbers website had been launched without the “proper checking of facts, calculations, or claims”.

APPEA Eastern Australia CEO Rick Wilkinson said it was “very concerning” the ABC had got its facts wrong and failed to give the CSG industry a right of reply.

“The ABC is held in very high esteem by the Australian public, but most observers would concede this piece of work fails to provide the objectivity, accuracy, or right of reply that is expected of quality journalism,” he said.

The APPEA said the website’s central feature, a CSG map, was misleading because some of the listed wells were conventional gas wells and not CSG wells.

It said the site’s claim that CSG companies had received approval for 40,000 gas wells was also incorrect.

It also listed complaints about the site’s CSG water facts, and other misleading graphics. 

The APPEA said the website’s “embarrassing factual errors” would be the subject of a formal complaint.

A spokesperson for the ABC told The Australian it was examining the APPEA’s claims.

The ABC said if the website needed any corrections they would be made.

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