The paper by Dewhurst and Jones (2002) provides valuable experimental work highlighting that faults are not always cohesionless as some seal assessment methodologies assume (e.g., Wiprut and Zoback, 2000). We do, however, take issue with the manner in which Dewhurst and Jones (2002) applied their work to fault seal in the Otway Basin and the implications for prospectivity which the authors cite. We are also somewhat uneasy about some of their experimental techniques. In particular, because of their small sample set, we would like to see further testing to back up some of their claims. We are also concerned...

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