Objections to Advaols’s expert opion prompts a PR response

After objections to the rigour and validity of Advasol’s expert opinion, Advasol’s PR company released a statement. Here are key extracts:

“A news release was issued on 21 September 2010 relating to flora and fauna expert Jan Vlok’s report on the proposed non-invasive phase of gas exploration on the south Cape coast by Advasol (Pty) Ltd. The following quote from Jan Vlok confirms the methodology and the research available to him when he compiled the report. This statement is issued because some residents in the south Cape coastal area have questioned the authenticity of Mr Vlok’s report.

“The report I provided was not an uninformed report prepared in a hasty manner by some ill-informed environmental advisor. I happened to have had the best possible information regarding the affected area on my own desktop (and beyond that in my head) – with the data and fieldwork done by myself a few years ago. This work is now the foundation of a formal fine-scale conservation plan for the region that is supported by government institutions.

“Regarding the early non-invasive phase of the Advasol project, I cannot think of any better advice that I have supplied to date. I could have abused the situation and have asked to do several weeks of fieldwork to provide more detailed information, which I would have enjoyed, but that is not the way I work. Over 14 years, I have built up a reputation of providing the immediately required information to my clients at the best possible cost without compromising the impacts on the affected environment.”

Issued by Wired Communications on behalf of Advasol. For more information, please contact Wired Communications on 021 464 1144.

The report is available here BotanicalSensitivity report[1] I am not an expert on good science. Let me know if you think this is a good objective report or not?

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