First wave of energy and resources reform tabled in parliament

The Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 (Qld) (Common Provisions Bill) was introduced to Queensland Parliament on 5 June 2014 by the minister for energy and resources.

The Bill represents the first phase of the Queensland government’s Modernising Queensland’s Resources Acts Program for the mineral resources, petroleum and gas, geothermal and carbon capture and storage industries in Queensland.

The Bill, among other things, introduces amendments to provide for consistent treatment across these sectors in relation to tenure/tenement dealings, caveats and other matters; introduces the new overlapping tenure regime between coal and coal seam gas tenement holders, based on the Queensland Resources Council’s white paper (and the subsequent papers of the steering and technical working groups convened by the department); alters the land access framework for private land based upon recommendations of the Land Access Implementation Committee; introduces ‘red-tape reduction’ measures for the small-scale alluvial mining sector; and provides supporting provisions for the protocol for managing uncontrolled gas emissions from legacy boreholes previously developed by the department in conjunction with industry…

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