The Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015 was read for the second time last week and will seek to provide landholders with the power to refuse the exploration and development of gas and coal mining activities on land. Gas or coal mining exploration and development will require a written authorisation prior to the commencement by the landholder.
The bill also bans the practice of hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas by constitutional corporations. It will be an offence for constitutional corporations to enter or remain on land for the purpose of engaging in gas or coal mining activity, or to actually engage in such activity if the corporation does not own that land. There is an exception if corporations obtain prior written authorisation of landholders.
The bill remains before the Senate.
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