Cattleman’s group wants land access veto
Summary: THE Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association wants the power to veto land access for oil and gas companies as part of its submission to the inquiry into hydraulic fracturing.....
NTCA chief executive officer Tracey Hayes said given that option people won’t feel disempowered and are likely to be less inclined to object.
“We support a Landholder’s right to say “no” to access” she said. “Conversely this includes a landholder right to say “yes” to access.
“But should a landholder say yes the Government must establish a legislative framework for mandatory Land Access, Conduct and Compensation Agreements to be entered between Landholders and Proponents.” The current guidelines are not legislated meaning access can be granted following arbitration.
Ms Hayes said her members hold a diverse range of views in relation to hydraulic fracturing from those who support the increased development it will bring to a majority of Australians, to those who feel the risks to the environment and enterprises far outweigh the potential benefits.
“We have considered a range of views in developing the position, which we feel best represents the needs of our members,” she said. “The NTCA is seeking, on behalf of its members, the ultimate right to protect their natural resources and their livelihoods. The NTCA submission does not support hydraulic fracturing in its current regulatory position, as the associated risks have not yet been sufficiently quantified, understood or explained.
Ms Hayes said a recent survey of NTCA members identified water quality and quantity as the area of most concern.