TNR challenges GAB Alliance misinformation

During recent months, The Norwood Resource (TNR) has published several articles countering/challenging the misinformation being peddled by the GAB Alliance and the unethical tactics it uses to suppress information. These include “Is the eNGO campaign against BP’s Bight drilling program deceptive?“, “GAB Alliance sets ‘sail’ in sea of misinformation” and “GAB Alliance now censors information“.

Recently, TNR has produced a tri-fold  flyer (see link) which summarises the key points made in the above articles, points to the high level of support from genuine stakeholders in the Great Australian Bight and questions the motives of Paul Watson, the founder of Sea Shepherd, one of the main members of the GAB Alliance.

Sea Shepherd logo painted on the M/Y Steve Irwin (Photo: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

Sea Shepherd logo painted on the M/Y Steve Irwin (Photo: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

Readers will note from the flyer that Paul Watson is quoted as saying “If you don’t know an answer, a fact, a statistic – make it up on the spot“.  This is the same philosophy adopted by the GAB Alliance and, for example, one of its key members, The Wilderness Society.  Furthermore, the GAB Alliance has obviously adopted the strategy used by another of its members, Oil Free Seas – Australia (formerly Oil Free Seas – Kangaroo Island, or OFSKI), of deleting valid information posted on its Facebook page and banning from further comment those who have posted the information.

These actions of spreading misinformation, deleting very balanced comment and banning further comment, demonstrates that the facts (ie the truth) are too inconvenient for the GAB Alliance!

If you agree that the GAB Alliance actions are not acceptable, please consider posting your concerns on the GAB Alliance, Fight for the Bight or any of the GAB Alliance members Facebook pages and/or websites.



  1. Congratulations on the flyer. Good points, and usual careful, factual analysis. Not, of course, that GAB or OFS are remotely interested in facts or evidence based analysis! In the end, however, they are just an annoying irrelevance. responsible local energy development will go ahead. It has bi-partisan support because it is simply the right thing, both for the economy and the environment.

  2. johnnwdhughes says:

    Thanks for your comment, Peter.
    Agreed – facts or evidence are inconvenient truths to GAB or OFS. Hence their unethical tactics in censoring them.
    Also agree on a responsible mix of energy development – society needs renewables but the debate is not helped by those who sanctify renewables and demonise fossil fuels.

  3. That may be your misinformation you peddle because you have a vested interest in seeing this project go ahead.Stop trying to discredit people that are more concerned with other peoples livelihoods and the natural beauty of the Bight with it’s draw cards of tourism and income generation of a different source.Why when a company has a long standing reputation for ruining environments”” Gulf of Mexico” and using toxic chemicals(that still affect the environment and people to this day 5 years or so on) to disperse these oil leaks that continued for 87 days without being successfully plugged .Why would any one consider this good for S.A. When the recklessness and disregard for the environment is well known. Sorry but I and many others don’t agree even NOPSEMA didn’t agree. So you and your buddies can vouch for each other all you like but

    • johnnwdhughes says:

      Angela, thanks for your comment. You are, of course, entitled to your opinion as that is what we invite on this website and our Facebook page (unlike the GAB Alliance and some of its members who delete perfectly polite but countering comments from their pages and ban further comment from those making them). However, we would have thought your opinion would have been based on all the facts and science – not individual events or the misinformation being spread by the GAB Alliance. TNR agrees that the Macondo blow-out was a disaster and should never have happened (and actually could have been avoided) but we are simply pointing out the misinformation being peddled by the GAB Alliance. Approx four years ago members of the GAB Alliance were claiming that seismic surveys would devastate whale populations in the area. The passage of time has proven those wild claims to be incorrect. After 44,000 sq km of seismic coverage was acquired during late 2011 to early 2015, The Wilderness Society still claim it is “pristine” and the number of Southern Right Whales visiting the Head of Bight this winter season was a record. Thus, what impact did that seismic activity have? Precisely none! Furthermore, there are other similarly “pristine” areas around the world that have similar sea/weather conditions – eg. the Bass Strait, NW Shelf of Australia (think cyclones), West of Shetland and Norway. These have been developed into valuable petroleum provinces for their respective countries (including Australia!) over the last 50 years with none of the impacts claimed by the GAB Alliance. In fact, tourists from all over the world visit to Norwegian coastal waters where all those petroleum platforms have had no adverse impacts on the environment (nor the booming cruise business, which ironically depends on fossil fuels and is known to kill whales through collisions!). Similarly, the NW Shelf of Australia is actually a significantly bigger tourist attraction than the Great Australian Bight. Thus, even though I did start off my comment saying “you are entitled to your opinion” I would suggest you consider Harlan Ellison’s quote: “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”

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