As a landholder, it’s important to know your rights. Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining can have a big impact on your property so it’s best to do your research and talk to a lawyer about it.
Everyone’s situation is different, just like everyone’s property is different. This is why it’s important to get expert legal help about what CSG mining or exploration may mean for you and your land.
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The links below are valuable resources you can use to help you make an informed decision.
Arrow Bowen Pipeline and Gas Project
A number of seminars hosted by Shine Lawyers have referred to information gathered from the Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Supplementary Reports to the Environmental Impact Statements (SREIS) for both the Bowen Pipeline project and the Bowen Gas project. These reports contain key information in relation to the project proposal, location, and impacts which may be associated with the proposed activities.
The EIS and SREIS for the Pipeline can be found here:
Detailed maps of the currently proposed route for the Pipeline can be found here:
The EIS and SREIS for the Gas Project can be found here:
Tips to remember if you are contacted by a CSG company
The Shine Lawyers CSG team have provided a list of helpful tips that can help you in the event you are contacted by a CSG company about carrying out activities on your land.
Mining Permit Searches
This link is to the Queensland Government portal where you can request a free local area mining permit report for your land. You can also request a report for an entire local government authority area or, a specific lot.
This information will help you identify whether or not a mining permit, such as a Petroleum Lease or Authority to Prospect, has been granted over your land, and what company owns it.
If you’re planning to purchase a new property or are interested in permits that apply to your existing property, it’s a good idea to take advantage of this free online service.
Interactive Resource and Tenure Maps
If you require more detailed maps or information on what infrastructure surrounds your property, this link will take you to the Queensland Government’s Interactive Resource and Tenure Mapping site.
You will be able to zoom in and out, pan, search and display geological data with mining and exploration information for the whole of Queensland.
These maps will help you understand what development is occurring around your land, it will also outline CSG well locations and whether or not the wells are for exploration or development.
If you own a bore, you can search the Underground Water Impact Reports (UWIR) to see what may affect it. Enter your bore’s registration number into this search page of Surat UWIR.
These reports are updated every three years and will provide you with:
- Models of water to be extracted and attempts to predict which bores will be affected;
- Immediately affected areas (IAA) – areas where bore level drops will exceed trigger thresholds within 3 years;
- Long term affected areas (LAA) – areas where bore level drops will exceed trigger thresholds at some point but not within the next 3 years.
We are experts in CSG negotiations. We make things uncomplicated and can help you when negotiating with CSG companies. We’re not afraid to take on the big guys on your behalf.
How much will it cost to engage a lawyer?
Any legal costs associated with negotiating your CCA will be included in you compensation claim, wherever that is possible.
Under the Law, the CSG company is obliged to pay all “Reasonable and Necessary” costs associated with engaging a lawyer. That does not always mean all costs are recovered but it is very rare for us not to secure all costs directly or indirectly.
The legal costs will be determined by the amount of work request to prepare your agreement and when the parties actually reach agreement. We will be happy to go through this in more detail when we meet with you.
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