Western Downs and Maranoa landholders wanting to learn more about a new
local gas project and what changes to mining and coal seam gas laws will
mean for them are encouraged to attend free workshops in Roma and
Chinchilla next week.
AgForce CSG Project Leader Daniel Phipps said landholders attending the Advanced CSG Negotiation Support workshops in Roma and Chinchilla next week would be updated on the Senex Energy expansion proposal, how a new Land Access Ombudsman will work and the latest water impact assessments.
"Senex Energy recently applied to the Queensland Government to amend their Environmental Authority to expand their Western Surat Gas Project, including staged drilling of up to 425 wells, and up to three gas field compression and associated facilities," he said.
"This application is an important reminder that the CSG industry will continue to expand across the Surat Basin region, with around 6000 production wells drilled so far and up to 20,000 required across the lifespan of the industry.
"It's critical landholders remain aware of increasing industry activities, changes to groundwater predictions and what changes to legislation and government policies mean for them.
"The Roma and Chinchilla workshops will discuss the roles and functions of the new Land Access Ombudsman, while representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines' CSG Compliance Unit will be on hand to respond to landholders' concerns.
"Landholders attending the workshop will also get an overview of the latest underground water report, tips on property planning and mapping, and advice on what they should consider when negotiating a Conduct and Compensation Agreement (CCA) with a resource company.
"With new developments planned and existing activities scaling up, landholders may be required to negotiate new land access agreements or revisit existing agreements and the workshops will provide landholders with the latest information they need.
"It's all about ensuring landholders understand their rights and responsibilities so they can protect their properties, their businesses and their livelihoods."
The workshops run from 9am to 1pm with the Roma workshop being held on Tuesday 29 August and the Chinchilla workshop being held on Wednesday 30 August. While the workshops are free, registrations are essential.
To register, call 3238 6048 or visit www.agforceprojects.org.au
and go to the Events page.These workshops are delivered with the support of the Queensland Government, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, the Queensland Resources Council and the GasFields Commission Queensland.MEDIA CONTACTS: Scott Whitby 0418 733 102, Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853