Newcastle University academic questions 'harmless' seismic testing in Lake Macquarie, Curtin expert downplays environmental risk

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
February 4 2020 - 9:00am
ON HOLD: Centennial Coal has delayed seismic testing in Lake Macquarie until next week. Experts say the proposed survey method is less harmful than other testing methods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A Newcastle University professor has questioned Centennial Coal's claim that its seismic testing in Lake Macquarie will not harm marine animals.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his reporting about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has reported on the 2019 NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.