Santos NSW today welcomed two new signatories to the Agreed Principles of Land Access – an agreement which publicly reinforces Santos’ long standing commitment to only drill wells on private land where there is landholder consent.
Dairy Connect and the Country Women’s Association (NSW) today signed the agreement during a ceremony at NSW Parliament House hosted by Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts.
The Agreed Principles of Land Access, which was originally signed by Santos, AGL, NSW Farmers, Cotton Australia and the NSW Irrigators Council in March 2014, clearly states that the relationship between gas companies and landholders will be based on values of respect, integrity and trust.
Santos General Manager of Energy NSW Peter Mitchley welcomed the two new signatories to the agreement.
“The Agreed Principles of Land Access gives the community added confidence that Santos seeks respectful, long term relationships with landholders. It’s an important agreement to have in place as we look to develop our Narrabri Gas Project and we welcome the addition of Dairy Connect and the CWA as signatories,” Mr Mitchley said.
“We have been very clear that we will only drill wells on private land where the landholder is happy to host our work – It’s simple – if a landholder doesn’t want us to drill wells on their land, we will not go there.
“Santos has been working with landholders across Australia for more than 60 years and we are proud of the strong and mutually beneficial relationships we have built over that time.”