Southern Cross University has hit back at claims by Metgasco that research on the presence of methane was released prematurely because it has yet to be peer reviewed.
Metgasco CEO Peter Henderson made the claim following the release of research last week showing that background methane levels in the Tara Valley, where CSG extraction is underway, were considerably higher than in the Richmond Valley.
But Southern Cross University Vice-Chancellor Peter Lee said it was ‘standard practice’ to release the research.
‘Science is an evolutionary process; one comes up with data, one has then to look at the data and then progress from that point,’ he told ABC radio yesterday.
‘This is nothing new; we would’ve released the data whichever way it had’ve gone.’
Mr Lee added that the lack of baseline data for the Tara Valley made it difficult to prove conclusively what was happening.
‘It’s like going on a diet where you don’t have a before picture… therefore you’re unable to tell if there’s been an improvement or not.’