Santos has entered into a set of principles in New South Wales that recognises the company’s position that it will not undertake coal seam gas drilling activities on private land without the consent of the landowner.
The Principles of Land Access was signed by Santos, AGL, NSW Farmers, Cotton Australia and the NSW Irrigators Council at NSW Parliament House.
Narrabri Gas Project
Santos is currently seeking development of the Narrabri Gas Project (NGP) to help unlock the state’s abundant natural gas resources, which could supply up to 50% of NSW’s natural gas requirements from 2017.
Santos’ NSW General Manager, Peter Mitchley, explained that the company has always respected the views of landowners’ regarding drilling operations on private property.
Mitchley commented: “It has long been Santos’ position that we will not undertake drilling activities on private land without the landholder’s consent and we’ve been very clear about that publicly. This agreement further recognises that position.
“Santos has been working hard to put in place agreements that ensure mutually beneficial partnerships with landholders who choose to work with us. In NSW, we already have more than 40 land access agreements. It is important that all members of the community also respect the rights of landowners to work with industry and have us on their land.
“This is a clear signal from industry that it respects the views of landholders – and we expect that same respect will be shown to those landholders who choose to host our activities.”
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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