Featured Opportunity - Senate Inquiry - Landholders' Rights to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015

The Senate has referred the Landholders' Rights to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015 for inquiry and report.

This is a Private Members Bill which is currently before the Senate. Under the Bill, Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on their land without prior written authorisation. The Bill would also set out the requirements of a prior written authorisation, provide for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided, and prohibit hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas by corporations. It would also provide for civil penalties.

Submissions to the Inquiry are invited until Friday 29 May 2015. Read more and have your say.

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