Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson.
Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson. Chrissy Harris

Minister slams CSG study

FEDERAL Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has been accused of smearing the reputation of Southern Cross University after criticising the university's public release of preliminary research showing high methane levels around Queensland CSG fields

Lock the Gate Alliance called for Mr Ferguson' resignation yesterday labelling the criticisms as an 'unprecedented attack on science and a disgraceful smear on the scientific integrity of Southern Cross University and its researchers'.

Mr Ferguson reportedly made the comments on Tuesday after a speech at the Australian Institute of Energy National Conference when asked by journalists for a response on the findings.

His main criticism was that the findings had not yet been peer-reviewed, while also admitting he had not yet read the study.

SCU Vice Chancellor Peter Lee said releasing preliminary research to the public was 'consistent with our usual academic procedures and we saw no reason to deviate from them on the basis of the subject matter'.



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