Poll shows overwhelming majority support landholders’ right to say no to mining and gas
MEDIA RELEASE – 18 June 2013
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today welcomed poll results showing an overwhelming majority of people support the right of landholders to refuse access to their land to mining and gas companies, saying the parliament should reflect this view and vote for amendments to the Petroleum Act that enact the right to refuse access.
“86% of people rarely agree on anything, so the fact that such an overwhelming majority believe landholders should have the right to lock the gate to mining and gas companies is highly significant,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“The Petroleum Amendment Bill will be debated in the NSW Legislative Council this week, with the Greens moving amendments to remove compulsory arbitration from both the Mining and Petroleum Acts, effectively giving farmers the right to say no to exploration and mining on their land.
“The law currently facilitates mining companies taking landholders into compulsory arbitration to force access within 56 days of giving initial notice, and the mining company can also deny a landholder legal counsel during the arbitration process.
“The current land access laws are grossly weighted in favour of the mining companies and this is widely acknowledged by the public with only 3% of respondents in the poll saying they strongly support mining companies accessing land without the agreement of the landholder.
“All sides of politics will have the chance to vote on the ‘Lock the Gate laws’ and give landholders the right to refuse an access agreement in the Legislative Council this week,” he said.
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