Bunbury Energy has been declared as the preferred tenderer in the State Government auction process for exploration permit area (STP-EPA-0132), released by the Department of Mines and Petroleum back in 2014.
As part of its stakeholder engagement process, the Company commenced negotiations with the Native Title Claimants in the area, with the purpose to reach an agreement with them to provide access to the lands within the permit area.
Bunbury Energy has been talking to the representatives of the Noongar Aboriginal People since October 2015 and negotiations are progressing well. It is hoped that an agreement can be reached prior to the end of 2016.
The first phase of seismic is very non-invasive and low impact and is planned to be on public roadsides only. No access to private property will be required.
Bunbury Energy aims to be a good neighbour and conduct ourselves in a way that doesn’t interfere with anyone’s rights. Importantly, in WA, an oil and gas company requires the landholder’s permission to enter private land.
In our experience, access to land will usually be granted once the landowner is informed about the true impact of our activities and appropriately compensated for any disturbance or inconvenience. In an effort to make this process as simple, reliable and transparent as possible, the industry has worked with the peak farming groups to generate “standard forms” and explanatory notes setting out the landowner’s rights. Bunbury Energy is in full agreement with this protocol and will follow it.
Oil and gas companies work to accommodate a farmer’s requirements whenever possible and often have quite a bit of flexibility to alter things to suit both parties.