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Petroleum and gas authorities for coal seam gas projects
Every petroleum and gas project in Queensland requires a petroleum resource authority before it can begin any mining or exploration activities. This includes coal seam gas (CSG) projects.
Individuals or corporations must apply for a petroleum resource authority to look for and produce petroleum and gas, including CSG.
- An authority to prospect allows people to explore for petroleum in a specific area.
- A petroleum lease allows people to produce, transport and process petroleum and gas.
They may also require additional authorities to:
- build and operate pipelines and petroleum facilities
- gather information through surveys and water monitoring.
Resource authorities in your area
You can find details of resource authority applications or grants on your land and surrounding area by using our public search facility.
Authorised activities and conditions
Each type of resource authority has a range of authorised activities. Resource authority holders must comply with these, as well as with any specific conditions attached to their authority. They must also comply with requirements relating to land access and environmental protection.
As part of their application for a resource authority, applicants need to submit detailed development plans and work programs that must comply with the:
Throughout the life of the resource authority, authority holders are required to lodge statutory notices and reports relating to their exploration and production activities.
Our guide to land access laws explains the rights of landholders. It includes facts and resources to help landholders learn more about petroleum and gas activities on their land and how to deal with resource authority holders.
- Last reviewed: 6 Nov 2019
- Last updated: 12 Jul 2018