On the 28th March 2014, the Agreed Principles of Land Access was signed by Santos, AGL and representatives from NSW Farmers, Cotton Australia and the NSW Irrigators Council. The agreement outlines a Landholders right to say 'YES' or 'NO' to CSG activities on their land. The document states:
• Any Landholder must be allowed to freely express their views on the type of drilling operations that should or should not take place on their land without criticism, pressure, harassment or intimidation. Any Landholder is at liberty to say "yes" or "no" to the conduct of operation on their land
• Gas companies confirm that they will respect the Landholder's wishes and not enter onto a Landholder's property to conduct drilling operations where that Landholder has clearly expressed the view that operations on their property would be unwelcome; and
• The parties will uphold the Landholder's decision to allow access for drilling operations and do not support attempts by third party groups to interfere with any agreed operations. The parties condemn bullying, harassment and intimidation in relation to agreed drilling operations.
Santos currently have over 300 voluntary land access agreements in their advanced CSG operations throughout QLD. This has carried through to its NSW operations, with approximately 40 land access agreements currently in place. The Narrabri Gas Project is focused predominantly in the Pilliga State Forest, however, there are some private land holders within this area. For more information, please see Santos' - Working with Landholders Fact Sheet