Discussion paper

Independence pay: Gas industry-funded research at the CSIRO

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Gas industry funding and direct involvement in research committees of GISERA, the research body that conducts research on social and environmental impacts of CSG, is potentially compromising the scientific independence of CSIRO.

The five main Queensland gas companies provide the lion’s share of funding to the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) – the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance. Gas industry executives sit on all the committees overseeing research projects, including making up half of the National Research Management Committee.

In this case, regardless of what the actual social and environmental outcomes of unconventional gas extraction are, if GISERA research suggests positive impacts then the gas industry benefits. 

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