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Statement From QLD Resources Minister

Statement attributed to QLD Resources Minster Scott Stewart.

Queensland’s resources framework promotes the coexistence of landholders, regional communities, and industry, manages environmental impacts and maximises benefits for all Queenslanders.

As a government we take any landholder concerns seriously, however it is not appropriate to discuss any matters relating to investigations while they are ongoing.

I know landholders in the Surat Basin have raised concerns about deviated drilling.

Earlier this year I travelled to the region to hear directly from concerned landholders including Zena and Garry Ronnfeldt.

Arrow’s written commitment to landholders shows progress in responding to government’s clear requirements. To be clear – for directional drilling under a person’s property where there is no infrastructure or activity occurring on the surface, we expect landholders to receive a formal notice of entry.

The gas industry, including Arrow, has been fully informed of this.

My department is continuing to work closely with Arrow, landholders and other agencies to achieve government’s co-existence requirements. This is the best way to achieve benefits for all Queenslanders.