Qld gas industry welcomes moves to establish Land Access Ombudsman

Posted on 5 June 2017
Source:  APPEA APPEA welcomes the Queensland Government's move to establish a Land Access Ombudsman to support co-existence between natural gas and agriculture. Legislation to establish the new Land Access Ombudsman was introduced into the Queensland Parliament yesterday. APPEA Queensland Director Rhys Turner said the Ombudsman would provide an alternative to court action should any disputes arise. He said while APPEA would need to review the legislation in detail, in...
 

The Court has a discretion to grant and order for costs when an application is brought without a reasonable prospect of success

Posted on 31 May 2017
Source: Sinead Garland, Nadia Czachor and Ian Wright, CBP In brief
The case of Swan v Santos GLNG Pty Ltd & Ors (No 2) [2017] QPEC 17 concerned an application for an order for costs made by Santos GLNG Pty Ltd in respect of a failed application brought by the owner of the land in the Planning and Environment Court alleging Santos had committed offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
The owner made an application to the Court asserting that Santos had bre...
 

Feedlot operator takes gas company to court over groundwater access

Posted on 31 May 2017
Source: Beef Central A Dalby feedlot operator has launched Federal Court action against the Queensland Gas Company, in a case that underscores ongoing tensions between landholders and coal seam gas companies over access to groundwater. After four years of negotiations to secure water produced from gas wells operated by Queensland Gas Company on their property in order to supplement their feedlot's water supply, but having received no water, Max and David Winders' Wambo Catt...
 

ARTC eyes 2020 start to Inland Rail Toowoomba tunnel

Posted on 30 May 2017
Source: Grain Central   The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is eyeing a start date of 2020 for the tunnel through the Great Dividing Range which will be a crucial piece of infrastructure for the Inland Rail project. Speaking at a presentation in Toowoomba yesterday, ARTC manager of the Gowrie to Helidon and Helidon to Calvert projects, Max Nichols, said the company would be preparing environmental impact statements (EIS) over the next 18 months. In the lead-up...
 

Budget 2017: Inland Rail's $8.4bn funding injection

Posted on 17 May 2017
Source: Warwick Daily News  AN $8.4bn federal government investment into the Australian Rail Track Corporation to deliver an Inland Rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane will be a boon to Queensland's south west. The 1700km freight corridor will travel via Toowoomba, Parkes and Albury with links to other state capital cities via the existing Australian Rail Track Corporation network. The so-called Steel Mississippi has long been a National Party priority. It involv...
 
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