Environment Minister Andrew Powell.
Environment Minister Andrew Powell. Contributed

CSG compensation for landholders

PRIVATE landholders in the Surat Basin can expect "full and fair" compensation for coal seam gas industry operations on their land.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell told a Landcare conference in Brisbane on Thursday the Queensland government would introduce legislation to compensate private landholders "for each and every aspect of the resource companies' operations on their land".

"The government's view is that landholders should not only have their rights protected but end up better off through their co-existence with the industry," he said.

"We want to provide fairer compensation and access arrangements for landholders.

"We want to ensure greater direct local benefit for affected communities.

"We want to prioritise key road infrastructure projects in the Surat Basin and we want to rigorously monitor industry impacts to protect our natural environment and our resources."

Mr Powell said the government would support the expansion of a sustainable CSG industry in Queensland, noting an estimated $60 billion capital investment injection in the state's economy and 18,000 new jobs.

But he said he recognised the industry's growth must be finely balanced against the interests of landholders, local communities and the environment.

"In the Surat Basin, I'm confident we can balance the major issues of protecting the environment and respecting land uses like agriculture with continued growth of the coal seam gas industry," he said.

"Land access, water management, environmental management, administration and enforcement, infrastructure and communities have all been identified as integral areas of focus to ensure a successful CSG industry."


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