STOP MISLEADING INVASIVE GAS MINING ADVERTISEMENTS!, Earth , Monday, 31. December 2018

APPEA ABN IS 44 000 292 713 TO ADD TO YOUR COMPLAINT

THE ACCC HAVE RESPONDED VIA EMAIL SAYING
"We are unable to help you with this matter because we do not have a role in this area.

We try to ensure that individuals and businesses comply with Australian competition, fair trading, and consumer protection laws - in particular the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. These laws do not give us power to decide what companies can advertise in any given media market.

WE NOW NEED TO FOCUS OUR COMPLAINTS ON THE ADVERTISING STANDARDS BUREAU.

IF WE ALL ADD OUR VOICE TO THIS ACTION THE ISSUE IS GIVEN HIGHER PRIORITY WILL BE FORCED TO INVESTIGATE THE MATTER. PLEASE SEND YOUR COMPLAINT AND SHARE THIS EVENT WIDELY!!! (ONGOING)

Our children, the elderly and the impressionable are vulnerable members of society when it comes to television advertising. Coal seam gas advertising is portrayed daily on television as the "cleaner, safer" "future" of energy provision to us all yet there is widespread great apprehension to these unscientifically-proven claims.

UNTIL THIS INDUSTRY CAN PROVE ITSELF TOTALLY SAFE TO OUR AIR, WATER AND LAND THESE ADVERTISEMENTS SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF AIR.

Here are instructions to submit a complaint to the Advertising Standards Bureau. It is a bit of a labyrinth but please persevere. The particulars will be different for different ads:

How to make a complaint about the We Want CSG Advertisement by APPEA:



Click on the red button ‘Lodge a Complaint’ on the right-hand side of screen.

On the next screen it says ‘Can we consider your complaint?’. Click on Continue.

Is your complaint about one particular ad you can identify? Click on yes.

Have you actually seen or heard the ad? Click on yes.

Is your complaint about the product/service, rather than the content of the ad? Click on no.

Is your complaint about the content of a television program? Click on no.

Is your complaint about the characteristics of the tv ads including loudness or frequency of ads? Click on no.

Is your complaint about the truth and or accuracy of the ad? Click on yes

A box will come up giving you a choice of advertising codes. The last one on the list relates to the complaint. It is: Section 1 of the AANA Environmental Claims in Advertising and Marketing Code. Click on Continue.

6a of 6. Is your complaint about the overall truth and/or accuracy of an advertisement or marketing communication that: gives a choice of three. We want to choose: contains specific environmental claims? Click on yes.

A complaint form appears on the screen and you enter your details.

Next bit is Your Complaint. Put in television into type of advertisement, then enter the tv station you saw it on. Safe to say 7, 9 or 10 as all of them have been showing it. Subject of the advertisement is promotion of coal seam gas mining. The advertiser is APPEA. Product/service being advertised is coal seam gas mining.

Next bit is Describing the ad. Please copy and alter if you like.

*EXAMPLES OF DESCRIPTION OF THE ADVERTISEMENT. COPY AND PASTE AND ALTER HOW YOU WISH TO SAVE TIME OR WRITE YOUR OWN:

*In the "We want CSG" advertisements by APPEA, a tiny well site with a horse or two wandering around them is displayed as what a coal seam gas well site looks like. This is UNTRUE. Well sites have massive drill rigs, dongas, prime movers, utilities, massive infrastructure, **** stacks, many workers, well flares sometimes measuring 84.9 decibels, constant noise 24/7, lights and activity 24/7 and more. These images are completely misleading.

*In the "We want CSG" advertisements by APPEA the process of obtaining CSG is described as "safer and cleaner". This is unsubstantiated and would be refuted by many environmental scientists Australia wide. The gas cannot be obtained without significant dangerous processes and substantial environmental damage which remains in the ground, the water and the air long after the mining company has moved on. Until substantiated peer-reviewed and independent scientific testing has been completed and released to the general public these claims cannot be supported and are misleading.

*Voice-over speech with video of country scenes in fields and towns along with text stating advantages such as wealth brought into dying towns, energy produced for centuries, small impact on the soil, advertising Coal Seam Gas.

Next bit is Please tell us the reasons why you object to, or were offended by, the advertisement.

The reasons must be environmental as this is what they will accept. No point in putting problems of fly in fly out cultures, loss of income for famers, increase in traffic, destruction of roads etc..

*EXAMPLES OF REASONS TO REMOVE THE TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS TO SAVE YOU TIME. COPY AND PASTE AND ALTER HOW YOU WISH TO SAVE TIME OR WRITE YOUR OWN:

*This advertisement does not include all the negative health effects that people have suffered overseas due to this industry such as headaches, endocrinological and nervous disorders as well as cancer. In Queensland, especially Tara, people have suffered rashes, illnesses and infections and headaches due to the fugitive methane emissions and btex chemicals (some carcinogenic) which are released into the atmosphere during mining. Studies have also shown that water and soil have been poisoned by coal seam gas mining in nsw (for example 20 toxic spills recently occurred in the Pilliga by Santos mining). CSG mining also increases global warming which in itself brings negative health effects. Earthquakes have been caused by similar mining in the US and UK so it is possible they may occur in Australia. This mining poses many risks to the environment including to animal and human health and safety. The ad implies that CSG is clean and safe by omitting all of these examples.

*The "We want CSG" television advertisement from APPEA does not refer to specific scientific evidence to support the claim that the industry is "safer, cleaner" or "the future". UNTIL substantiated independent scientific evidence is available to all consumers the claim is false and misleading.

*Considering all the well-publicised negative health effects that people have suffered overseas due to this industry such as headaches, endocrinological and nervous disorders as well as cancer to submit our vulnerable viewers in Australia to these advertisements should be considered a crime against humanithy.

*Studies have also shown that water and soil have been poisoned by coal seam gas mining in nsw (for example 20 toxic spills recently occurred in the Pilliga by Santos mining). CSG mining also increases global warming which in itself brings negative health effects. Earthquakes have been caused by similar mining in the US and UK so it is possible they may occur in Australia. These facts are NOT MENTIONED in the advertisement which is again misleading. This mining poses many risks to the environment including to animal and human health and safety. The ad implies that CSG is clean and safe by omitting all of these examples.

*Our young children watch TV during the hours 5.30-7.30pm and 7.00-8.30am and are upset whenever these TV advertisements go on air. They have been learning about the dangers of CSG mining at school, outside school via their own research and from seeing well-sites themselves. Other vulnerable groups in our society need protecting from misleading TV advertisements as well until adequate knowledge is known, e.g. the elderly, the infirm, people who suffer from nervous complaints or depression etc.

*Cigarette packets must show well-known information that smoking causes cancer. These advertisements are promoting an industry that also releases cancer-causing toxins but UNTIL that scientific evidence is publicised the television viewers need to be protected.

Last thing. Click on submit.


Please fill it out completely and send to add your voice to the cause to remove misleading coal seam gas mining television advertisements to protect our children, the elderly and the impressionable in our society.

Consider in your text:
* "Consumer protection in the telecommunications and energy sectors."
(Safer renewable energies are readily available that protect consumers from harmful emissions, e.g. solar. Coal seam gas emissions are still fully untested and many incidences of illness have been reported, particularly in Queensland. Until scientific evidence is obtained the consumer must be protected from emissions brought to the surface by this industry that would otherwise remain below-ground.)

* "Conduct detrimentally affecting disadvantaged or vulnerable consumer groups."
(Without both sides being represented in the television advertisements, the young, elderly and those without access to the pros and cons of coal seam gas mining are being presented with only the word of the mining company. This bias is completely unacceptable and without scientific evidence, the claims that CSG is "safe" and "cleaner" is pure conjecture.)

* "Credence claims, particularly those in the food industry with the potential to have a significant impact on consumers or the competitive process."
(Coal seam gas mining decreases available cropping and livestock land which may force food prices and availability up. Until scientific evidence shows otherwise prime agricultural land needs to be protected.)

* "Consumer protection issues impacting on Indigenous consumers."
(Indigenous consumers Australia-wide believe their land and culturally significant places are being damaged by coal and coal seam gas projects. These special places need protection for future generations.)

Under Australian Consumer Law protections for the consumer apply to honesty and fairness-

"Businesses must not make false, misleading or deceptive claims about a product or service, including claims about the safety or quality of a product or service."

The recent 4 Corners program on ABC TV demonstrates that "false, misleading or deceptive claims" have already been recorded against some CSG companies. Until these claims are unproven the consumer is only being presented with one side of the issue.


IF WE ALL ADD OUR VOICE TO THIS ACTION THE ISSUE IS GIVEN HIGHER PRIORITY

STOP MISLEADING INVASIVE GAS MINING ADVERTISEMENTS!

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