'Coal seam gas could impact every Surat Basin property'
DURING the coming three decades, every property in Queensland's Surat Basin could be affected by coal seam gas development in the region, according to an expert in energy law.
The claim by Brisbane law firm Shine Lawyers energy law manager Peter Shannon is broad, he said, but "will not be far from the truth" as four enormous gas projects worth billions develop thousands of wells in the Surat.
Shine is now using its energy law expertise to help property owners understand what such massive changes could mean for their land.
The visit to the Surat region town of Wandoan follows a proposal by Queensland Gas Company to develop a further 400 gas wells in the region beyond what was approved in its sprawling 6000-well QCLNG development.
Shine energy law manager Peter Shannon said many land holders do not consider their options "until there is a knock on the door".
When shown a potentially lucrative "conduct and compensation agreement", some may sign without realising they were weakening their own land rights.
This can include overruling rules so gas companies are able to make more noise and more dust than would otherwise be permitted.
Mr Shannon said a good agreement ensures regular reviews, decent compensation, protects the landholders and ensures the owner can still use and enjoy their property.
Shine will visit the Surat Basin town of Wandoan on Wednesday December 4.
The meeting will be held at Wandoan Show Grounds' Diggers Complex at 8.45am