The NSW Government is calling for feedback on a draft Code of Practice for Land Access for coal seam gas and petroleum exploration.
The Code sets out a best practice framework for how explorers can negotiate access arrangements with landholders.
The Code also sets out mandatory requirements that must be included in an access arrangement, such as promptly paying any agreed compensation; and ensuring any information obtained about the landholder’s property or operations is kept confidential.
The introduction of the Land Access Code of Practice follows other recently strengthened rules for coal seam gas exploration including:
• a hold on exploration and extraction of natural gas within Sydney’s drinking water catchment
• 2 km exclusion zones for coal seam gas activities around existing residential areas and areas zoned as villages
• strengthened planning approval processes including assessments for strategic agricultural land and aquifer interference policy
Date: Nov. 20, 2013 - Jan. 13, 2014
Code of Practice for Land Access Submission
Time: 8:55am — 5:00pm
NSW Trade & Investment, Resources & Energy, GPO Box 3889