Coal seam gas and property values

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Coal seam gas and property values

Postby HVPA_research » Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:28 am

Gunnedah properties in limbo:fears devalue land
01 Sep, 2011 08:53 AM

GUNNEDAH Shire Council will ask the NSW government to remove the uncertainty and address diminishing property values for landholders who find themselves within mineral and petroleum exploration licences (ELs).

This is one of the key things we need to change. And get the law tested – just as Drew is doing in Qld

Farmers unable to deny exploration of minerals on property
Thursday, 01/09/2011
Farmers are being warned they don't have the legal right to refuse access to companies, wanting to explore for minerals on their properties.
The Environmental Defenders' Office says exploration is permitted, under certain guidelines, because the Crown owns the minerals and coal seam gas.
The principal solicitor, Kirsty Ruddock, says farmers can appeal to the Land and Environment Court, but if they refuse access, they're breaching current legislation.
"At the moment you would be committing an offence if you were to lock your gates," she said.
"And you could be fined because the legislation under the Mining Act or the petroleum legislation, also allows people who have exploration licences to access those minerals on your property should they want to do so.
"I guess that the tricky thing is, that those laws have not yet been tested."

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