AGL works side by side landholders, communities and business to produce natural gas from coal seams for NSW. Our Camden Gas Project coexists with agriculture and livestock production. Our priority is to be a good tenant, neighbour and community member, ensuring our operations peacefully and successfully coexist with the communities and landholders we work with.
AGL’s team will work with landholders and farm managers to develop rehabilitation plans for each property. As no two properties are the same, early consultation will take place to determine the best way forward. The aim is to get the land back to its original state or better in the quickest time possible through reseeding and monitoring. We have achieved this result across our existing projects in the Hunter, Gloucester and Camden.
Rehabilitation is assessed by the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services. The Department holds a substantial bank guarantee to be used in case the licence holder fails to rehabilitate the area in accordance with our agreement with the landholder, and to the Department’s satisfaction. The bond is only released on the completion of a Rehabilitation and Relinquishment Report. It is usual practice for the Department to conduct a site inspection as well.
On Friday 28 March 2014, AGL and Santos signed Agreed Principles of Land Access with NSW Farmers, Cotton Australia and the NSW Irrigators’ Council. On Thursday 10 September 2015, the Country Women's Association (NSW) and Dairy Connect also signed on to the Principles.
The Principles reflect Santos’ and AGL’s approach to working with landholders, and provides further assurance that a landholder’s decision to say yes or no to coal seam gas drilling operations will be respected.
Signing on the dotted line: Minister for Energy Anthony Roberts, AGL CEO Andy Vesey, NSW Irrigators’ Council CEO Mark McKenzie, CWA NSW President State President Tanya Cameron, Santos’ General Manager of Energy NSW Peter Mitchley, Michael Johnsen MP Member for Upper Hunter, Mike Logan CEO Dairy Connect.
The Land Access Plan is about how AGL (and its contractors) will respect the landholder and their farming activities. The Plan will be developed between AGL and the landholder, and will set out how AGL will access the land, work with the landholder to coordinate with farming or other activities, as well as the rehabilitation process.
The Land Access Plan for each property will cover:
Every AGL employee or contractor will be required to adhere to the Land Access Plan for each property.
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