Knowing what you are entitled to
LANDHOLDERS are warned to brush up on their entitlements and rights with a major gas operation rolling into the area.
Westside has been awarded exploration tenement PLR2019-1-8 to a 50-50 joint venture between Westside and Australia Pacific LNG to a 753sq km area just 20 kilometres outside of Taroom.
The project will target coal seam and conventional gas exploration and will likely require negotiated land access agreements with landowners in the area.
Warren Luhrs of Moura has a negotiated land access agreement with Westside on his property and he insists landholders in the Taroom area need to do their research now.
“They need to be made well aware on what their entitlements are, what compensation they are entitled to, what happens on their land and how it will impact them and their day-to-day duties,” Mr Luhrs said.
“Gas companies will tell them the bare minimum, the landholder needs to do their research into what the impacts will be with gas companies coming on to their land.
“Unfortunately, to otherwise learn, go to a solicitor even though that costs you money.
“It’s a road some landholders have had to go down to find out what their entitlements are and what the companies can and can’t do.”
A Westside spokesperson said Westside would negotiate land access agreements as required and it was too early to know with certainty how many there would be.
“Our first priority is to identify viable sites where gas can be produced economically,” the Westside spokesperson said.
“The area covered by this tenement is highly attractive, being close to the established Scotia and Peat fields, with existing infrastructure connections to markets in Brisbane, Gladstone and more broadly via the Wallumbilla hub.
“Our intention is to prove up the acreage and then bring it to market as safely and efficiently as possible.”
Mr Luhrs said he, like other residents and landholders in his area, was concerned that gas companies like Westside didn’t involve themselves with the communities enough where they conducted exploration activities.
”As long as they minimise the impact on landholders and the communities and give support to the communities they go to, then that’s done the right way,” Mr Luhrs said.
Mr Luhrs recommended landholders consult with the Queensland Gasfields Commission before entering negotiations with gas companies.