APPEA misleading public on CSG

Thursday 24 July 2014

Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple MLC has refuted claims by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), following a report published in the United States Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that Coal Seam (CSG) and Shale gas have “environmental benefits”.

“Whilst it may be true that the life cycles of CSG and Shale gas produce less carbon emissions than coal-fired electricity generation, it is utter rubbish to claim that them as “environmentally beneficial”,” he said.

“APPEA is trying to mislead Australians with material such as this into backing what is ultimately an under-researched and environmentally hazardous method of producing electricity for our state.

Mr Chapple said a comparison between the greenhouse gas emissions of CSG life cycles and renewable energy alternatives would be much more informative.

“This is the kind of document our government will use to throw weight behind the fracking movement in Western Australia,’ he said.

“I would love to see a financial and environmental comparison between CSG and solar or wind – both renewable energy resources of which our state has ample reserves!”

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 9486 8255

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