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    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    Landholders to benefit from conversion of CSG wells

    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Andrew Cripps

    Wednesday, March 06, 2013

    Landholders to benefit from conversion of CSG wells

    The Newman Government is proposing common sense reforms that will allow unused petroleum wells to be converted into water bores for use by farmers and graziers.

    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said proposed amendments introduced into the Queensland Parliament this week could represent significant benefits and cost savings for landholders.

    “Due to legislative constraints, up until now CSG wells have not been readily transferable for potential use as water bores,” Mr Cripps said.

    “If passed, the amendments proposed in the Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 will allow landholders to benefit from a sustainable and properly-managed coal seam gas industry.

    “Landholders will have ready access to a new water supply without having to pay for a water bore to be drilled.”

    Mr Cripps said the conversion amendments would apply to petroleum wells where drilling of the well commenced on or after 1 January 2012.

    “A Code of Practice addressing safety and health issues and governing the conversion of wells to water supply bores will be developed by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines,” he said.

    In particular the amendments will stipulate:

    ·           who can convert a petroleum well to a water supply bore or water observation bore

    ·           that a qualified petroleum bore driller will sign off on any conversion of a well to a water supply bore

    ·           that safety and environmental matters will be adequately addressed by a new code of practice

    “At the moment no one benefits from unutilised petroleum wells on a landholder’s property,” Mr Cripps said.

    “These reforms will give landholders ready access to water to support their businesses.”

    [ENDS] 6 March 2013

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