The advertisement, published in the Geraldton Guardian on 11 July 2014, featured multiple statements regarding risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, a process used to extract natural gas from various geological formations.
A formal complaint from APPEA to the newspaper’s owner, West Australian Newspapers Ltd, last week resulted in a formal ruling that statements made by the conservation council were misleading and deceptive.
West Australian Newspapers Ltd’s decision can be found at this link.
A statement released by APPEA says, “APPEA does not believe the Conservation Council – or other groups like it – is entitled to replace science with scaremongering.”
“Communities in Western Australia’s Mid-West have been misled and deserve an apology.”
“The oil and gas industry will continue to engage in open and honest dialogue with Western Australian communities wanting to know the facts about the industry’s operations.”
“It urges The Conservation Council to do the same.”