Dealing with CSG on livestock properties

31 Jul, 2014 12:59 PM
Coal seam gas well. Photo: Glenn Hunt
It is important that those landowners are aware of the different rights and responsibilities
Coal seam gas well. Photo: Glenn Hunt

A NEW guidance note from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) provides general information to producers on coal seam gas operations on livestock properties.

Coal seam gas (CSG) is a non-renewable natural resource found beneath the surface of rural properties which is becoming increasingly attractive for exploration and extraction.

As livestock producers owning rural properties are approached by CSG operators for use of their land for these purposes, it is important that those landowners are aware of the different rights and responsibilities associated with those activities.

At the request of Cattle Council of Australia, Australian Lot Feeders' Association and Sheepmeat Council of Australia, MLA has commissioned independent research into this issue and a guidance note produced.

The guidance note aims to provide a basic understanding about CSG operations and the legal framework surrounding them to assist landowners to make the best decisions for themselves if approached by CSG operators.

Read the guidance note on CSG operations on livestock properties

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Bushfire Blonde
31/07/2014 6:21:15 PM

So now we have got the shiny bummed ones "advising" about the CSG mob!
Sir Les P
1/08/2014 1:45:01 PM

Advise us on CSG, they can't even advise on beef. First thing to do is ask the CSG CO to pay for your reasonable legal costs. Then make sure your solicitor has a lot of experience dealing with CSG before. All this advice is for free. Believe me I know.
1/08/2014 2:28:47 PM

As an adviser to farmers on mining & CSG projects I'd suggest you be brave and obtain technical and specialist legal advice. There are multiple factors to consider and it is just so vital that you are informed on all aspects so as to protect your interests. For instance access arrangements, compensation, scope of proposed work, environmental, social and economic impacts. Impact on your farm planning eg restrictions of weights passing over underground pipelines (water & gas).
Dale Stiller
1/08/2014 2:56:19 PM

This is MLA still avoiding the issue of who is liable to contamination in meat as a result from the CSG industry. This latest guideline is little more than prettying up the format of a communique MLA issued in March 2013 as a substitute to releasing a report. Links to both documents can be found at this MLA page. sources/Industry-news/Coal-seam-g as-operations-on-livestock-proper ties
Bushfire Blonde
3/08/2014 10:26:04 AM

And the second thing to do SLP is to present a Costs Agreement to them to set out payment of ALL of the ongoing costs that the miners impose on the landholders - or rather it should be the first thing to do. I presented one to a Miner 4 months ago and they seem to be at a loss as to what to do with it - they don't seem to be game to throw it in the bin!
4/08/2014 6:20:12 AM

I hope our primary production levies aren't financing this nonsense. What has NLIS got to do with CSG? High time to close down this waste of producers money.
joni kinnon-smith
2/09/2014 4:07:44 PM

I hope the word spreads. A mighty lot of people are against it, not only farmers. It's toxic to our waters and land. Their gain is our loss. The damage that it could cause is irreversible. You just have to read about where they have been inland and internationally to view the devastation caused, and which the landowner is liable.


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