Multi-million-dollar protest group Lock The Gate has finally succumbed to pressure and apologised to Origin Energy for its “scandalous allegations” of conspiracy with the NT Government and independent inquiry into hydraulic fracturing.
But it took more than three weeks to do so after having been publicly told to do so by the NT Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing chair, Justice Rachel Pepper. And it seems the NT Government is still waiting.
Justice Pepper, a NSW Land and Environment Court judge, was very annoyed at the flagrant attack on the integrity of her and her Inquiry panel of experts, as well as the Government and Origin. She made this clear by using the strong “scandalous allegations” description and publishing her correspondence with LTG on the Inquiry website, urging LTG to apologise directly, as we reported last week.
It took LTG a fortnight to remove the offending claims from their website, and three weeks to directly apologise to Origin. This is in sharp contrast to their own approach when on the attack.
LTG and many other activist groups are prolific in their daily claims on social media, which many readers appear to uncritically accept.
The long delay in removing offending allegations and making apology is indicative of the ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ attitude of LTG and other individual and group activists, who dislike being challenged and rarely acknowledge when they are wrong.
This case clearly illustrates why people should apply a high degree of critical scrutiny to claims made by LTG and others who regularly republish their claims, without correcting the record when they are wrong.